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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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Eversheds swallows Palmers to gain Cambridge practice

MERGER-hungry Eversheds is to take over Cambridge firm Palmer Wheeldon in November to realise its long-held ambition to open in the university city. When the merger goes ahead as planned, Eversheds will challenge Mills & Reeve’s position as the largest practice in East Anglia. After taking on Palmer Wheeldon’s 22 fee earners, Eversheds will have […]

Gun amnesty compensation

The House of Lords has adjourned consideration of a Home Office challenge to moves by a gun owner who is seeking to sue over its alleged failure to pay compensation. David Steed claims he handed in his firearms in July last year in accordance with the terms of the Firearm (Amendment) Act 1997, but by […]

In brief: Law Soc retains immigration regulation role

Home Secretary Jack Straw has decided to allow the Law Society to continue to regulate immigration solicitors. His immigration white paper, which was published last week, proposes the setting up of a body to regulate non-lawyer advisers but says the government is still considering “the extent to which members of the legal profession should be […]

Buy-out of broker steps up market competition

COMPETITION in the UK buy-out market is set to become even more intense, following the £951m leveraged buy-out of insurance broker Willis Corroon by legendary US buy-out specialists Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). KKR shot to fame in the 1980s with its audacious $30bn buy-out of RJR Nabisco – at the time the world’s largest ever […]

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