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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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Japanese firms merge to create Nishimura & Asahi

Two of Japan’s largest firms have confirmed their merger a year after they announced plans to create a combined firm to counter the arrival of foreign firms launching in the jurisdiction. Nishimura & Partners and Kokusai Bumon of Asahi Law Offices will become Nishimura & Asahi on 1 July. The combined firm will have more […]

Miners’ advisers could be forced to dig deep

Just two weeks after Beresfords senior partner Jim Beresford was revealed to be the UK’s richest lawyer after taking home £16.8m in one year, it seems he may have to give a bit back.

Norton Rose makes record promotions

Norton Rose has made up 23 senior associates to its partnership, breaking its record promotions last year by one. Following the trend of the last three years the corporate and banking practices have been the big winners with 10 and six being promoted respectively. Peter Martyr, chief executive of Norton Rose, said: “The large number […]

High Court demands £100m in miners’ fees to be repaid

Law firms that profited from handling compensation claims of sick miners may have to pay back tens of millions of pounds to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) following a High Court ruling. The news comes just weeks after The Lawyer revealed that the British Coal compensation saga has seen lawyers scoop more than […]

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