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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 […]

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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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Screw team-building days and schmoozing trips, the next decade of the legal market is going to look like an episode of British comedy Fonejacker. Not dissimilar to the TV programme, which stars a prank caller who phones unsuspecting companies pretending to be different characters, Hampshire-based law firm Coffin Mew has hired a ‘secret shopping’ service […]

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SNR Denton and Salans prepare for September merger vote

Salans and SNR Denton have reached the advanced stages of negotiating a £760m merger, with the two partnerships gearing up to approve the deal in a vote next month. Management figures at the firms are planning to put the proposals to partners for a September poll, over six months after the European and US duo […]

Parabis-Duke Street on the ABS express

Like London buses, you wait ages for one major ABS approval and then two come along at once. That said, neither Irwin Mitchellnor Parabis have been stuck on the hard shoulder during the process. With turnover rises and structural tweaks clearing the road for a smooth journey into the future of legal services, both firms […]

Ex-A&O partner rearrested on child pornography charges

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Edward De Sear has been arrested for a second time on child pornography offences. De Sear, who worked in A&O’s capital markets group in New York, was arrested on Thursday 23 August and indicted on additional charges of collecting and distributing images of child pornography, according to reports on […]

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