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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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The e-uncertainties

The e-revolution has created a minefield for lawyers and law makers. Simon Chalton reports on the inconsistencies of the new economy and how they can be resolved Legislators, both national and regional, are rushing to update existing laws and fashion new ones to suit the dotcom economy. Out of this flurry of activity major areas […]

View from NTL

If e-commerce is interpreted simply as doing business online, a legal team will have to consider three issues: its website, the services it wishes to sell and the services its customers wish to sell using its network. While website issues have been addressed in the past, legal departments now have two key concerns: ensuring content […]

It’s been a good week for…

Vigilante bus drivers. In a week that saw one driver (in his bus) chase a motorist through the streets after he had been cut up by a car, Mark Coleman was told that he would not be prosecuted for chasing an 11-year-old boy (not in his bus) and then holding him after the boy and […]

Singapore invites foreign firms to apply for alliance licences

The Singapore government is finally opening up the country’s legal market to foreign firms. The Legal Profession (Amendment) Act came into force last week and now the Ministry of Law is inviting applications for licences from local and non-domestic firms that want to form joint ventures and formal alliances. The move will allow outside firms […]

Norton Rose poaches duo to open office in Warsaw

Norton Rose is venturing further into eastern Europe with plans to open an office in Poland by September. The Warsaw-based team will be led by partners Nicholas Richardson and Piotr Strawa, who will join the firm from Baker & McKenzie. The pair, who are both well-established legal practitioners in the country’s capital, have considerable experience […]

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