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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 […]

Cabot SPR appeal: A welcome outcome for unsecured lenders in Scotland

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 […]

Cyber security, separation and self-protection online

Social media has many benefits, enabling us to keep in touch with old and new friends alike, sharing special moments with ‘followers’, organising events or tracking exercise progress. However, there is a dark side to the web.  Every click, post or search adds to your very own digital footprint, this leaves everyone vulnerable to exploitation. […]

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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Property firm closes as five join Couderts

San Francisco intellectual property boutique Majestic Parsons Siebert & Hsue is dissolving as five of its lawyers leave to join Coudert Brothers. Name partners Martin Majestic and Suzanne Siebert are moving to Coudert’s San Francisco office along with fellow partner Keiichi Nishimura, two associates and a patent agent. The rest of the firm is understood […]

Rittershaus and Keiper merge

Mannheim firm Rittershaus Wissmann & von Rosentiel is to take the unusual step of merging with an accountancy and tax consultancy firm instead of joining an international network. The merger with Keiper Botzke Berger and Berizzi aims to create a one-stop shop for mittelstand (medium-sized) clients. It is also seen as a step designed to […]

Ex-CC finance partner joins Barclays Capital

Barclays Capital is recruiting a former finance partner from Clifford Chance as it restructures its entire global legal function. Andrew Taylor, who practised at Clifford Chance for 21 years, is joining the investment banking division of Barclays Bank as managing director and general counsel for the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific. He will report to […]

Beachcrofts and Buchanans diverge for NHS deal

The Beachcroft Wansbroughs and Buchanan Ingersoll partnership has been thrown into question, with the two firms fighting each other to advise on one of the UK’s largest PFI schemes When Barry Francis’ health PFI team announced it was leaving Beachcrofts to set up the London office of US firm Buchanans, the two firms agreed to […]

Jones Day expands in Asia with the opening of a Singapore office

Cleveland firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is opening an office in Singapore, its eighth outpost in Asia and its 25th worldwide. The firm has gained approval to practise from the Singapore authorities and plans to open its doors in January next year. Head of the firm’s Indian practice Jay Pathak is moving in to […]

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