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Landlord’s threats of legal action amounted to harassment of tenant

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd v Worthington (1) and Parkin (2) alerts landlords to the risk of their dealings with tenants amounting to unlawful harassment.  Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan explain and offer practical advice, which will be of particular interest for social housing providers […]

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Walker Morris partner Rob Aberdein explains an appeal allowed by the Sheriff Appeal Court which clarifies that the “interventionist and problem-solving approach” required of sheriffs under the new Simple Procedure Rules Simple Procedure Rules (SPR) for low value claims does not extend to undefended claims.  The appeal concerned a number of test cases and will […]

Industry responds to SME access to the FOS

The FCA last week published a suite of responses it has received to a consultation paper (CP18/3) released in January this year setting out the FCA’s proposed changes to the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to open the FOS complaints resolution process to small businesses (SMEs). The fourteen responses published come from a […]

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Romanian companies will be able to distribute dividends on a quarterly basis

The Romanian Parliament recently approved the Law on the Amendment and Completion of the Accounting Law No. 82/1991, Amendment and Completion of the Companies Law No. 31/1990 and Amendment and Completion of Law No. 1/2005, on the organisation and functioning of cooperative companies. Before entering into force, the law will have to be promulgated by […]

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Latham & Watkins has relocated corporate partners Rod Brown and Luke Grubb from London to Singapore in a bid to increase its English law capability in South East Asia. Brown is experienced in cross-border, public and private M&A, takeover offers, restructuring and joint ventures. Grubb’s corporate practice has a focus on outsourcing and technology transactions. […]

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Clifford Chance on standby to advise Barclays on SFO Qatar probe

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Baker & McKenzie remains world’s largest firm with $2.3bn turnover

Baker & McKenzie has posted a 2.1 per cent rise in global revenue for the 2011-12 financial year, taking total income to a record $2.3bn. This means Bakers, which has a June year-end, has held on to its crown as the world’s largest law firm by turnover, usurping DLA Piper and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher […]

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DLA Piper set for Paris expansion with local merger

DLA Piper is preparing to merge with a corporate boutique in Paris in a bid to grow its presence in the French capital. The firm is understood to be in advanced discussions with Frieh Bouhenic, a 26-lawyer boutique established in January last year by ex-Linklaters rainmaker Michel Frieh and Pierre-Alain Bouhenic, formerly of Weil Gotshal […]

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