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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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Spreading the finance creed

NON-EU lawyers practising in Germany can now use their home title thanks to legislation passed by the German Parliament. The change, which has been effective since last month, was welcomed by foreign lawyers who have waged a long battle with the German government and bar authorities to have the situation changed. “We are now allowed […]

Property

MEPC Investments, advised by Linklaters & Paines, has acquired the Main Centre, one of Derby’s major shopping centres, for u5.75m from Norse Investments, advised by Derby-based Gadsbys.

SIFA plans "hotline" for financial advice

Mick Kavanagh reports A panel of more than a dozen regional law firms have signed up to lead a drive to encourage the take-up of financial services business across the profession. The scheme, established by Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice (Sifa), will offer other firms “mother hen” advice and consultancy to help establish themselves in […]

McKennas grows Moscow office

MCKENNA & Co is to expand its Moscow office by moving to new premises in the city three times bigger than its current office. The new office will house up to 12 lawyers plus support staff, a conference room and the latest technology. CIS group head Elena Kirillova says: “Expanding areas of work include acquisitions […]

Lawyers dub Bar 'too old fashioned'

In-house lawyers have used the Bar conference platform to issue a stark message to barristers in private practice: “If you want work from us you’ll need to get your act together.” A panel of employed lawyers criticised what it called the Bar’s old-fashioned attitudes and the failure by some to understand the needs of business. […]

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