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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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Huge rise in partnership actions ‘tip of the iceberg’

Government statistics that show that the number of partnership disputes reaching the High Court almost doubled in 2009 could reveal just a small proportion of the true figure. The Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) ’Judicial and Court Statistics 2009’ report shows that the High Court heard 106 partnership dispute cases in 2009 compared with 54 a year earlier. […]

DMH develops London with corpfin figure

DMH Stallard has hired the former corporate finance chief of Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells in the latest step in its plan to expand in London. Chris Ashworth joins the firm as a consultant, and will help develop DMH’s corporate and M&A ­offering in the City. He is the ­latest in a string of high-profile arrivals at the Gatwick-headquartered […]

Herbies poised to reappoint managing partner

Herbert Smith managing partner David Willis looks set to stand unopposed for a second term. The deadline for nominations closes this week and, as of last Friday (24 September), no challengers had come forward. Sources at the firm say it is highly unlikely any rival candidates will throw their hats into the ring, making Willis’s […]

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Household names up in arms over class action transparency legislation

In-housers baffled and furious in equal measure by lawsuit show-and-tell rules. By Andrew Pugh In-house lawyers in some of the US’s biggest businesses are ­fighting plans that would force them to ­disclose potential losses from class action lawsuits. The proposals, which have been drawn up by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and which would […]

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