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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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There have been few times in the past when the valuing profession has been the subject of such intense scrutiny by the courts. Writ after writ seems to be issued by lenders whose loans of the late 1980s have gone into default and who have only been able to realise the security property at a […]

Legal Services plc – firm of the future

Financial pressures on all conveyancers are caused by too many competitors providing the same services. And the market place is simply not big enough to support this growing number of suppliers, a fact that holds true even in the City. The Law Society is not to blame for our current financial difficulties and despite pleas […]

Ashcroft masterminds Thorn EMI demerger

UK entertainment giant Thorn EMI is relying on Rowe & Maw partner Charles Ashcroft in the complex legal work surrounding a possible world-wide demerger of the group. Ashcroft is advising on the demerger’s tax implications across 22 countries – a move which would rival the ICI/Zeneca split in scale, and which could be even more […]

Shell played by the rules

Shell played by the rules As an oil industry professional, I was interested to see the article by Mark Saunders “Brent Spar – a debate that’s all at sea” (The Lawyer 8 August). The article revealed a possible lack of balance in the author’s views. For instance, while reasoning that Shell had done everything legally […]

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