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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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Berwins grabs a third as its advocacy group grows

ASPIRING barrister Khaled Nasir has been plucked from the Bar by law firm S J Berwin & Co. Nasir, 27, is the third barrister to have been recruited by the firm’s growing advocacy practice. He had been squatting at 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square, the chambers headed by Anthony Scrivener QC. Richard Slowe, head of the […]

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London firm Memery Crystal acted for SEP Industrial Holdings in the sale and lease-back of a property to British Gas Corporation Pension Scheme worth £4.85 million.

Penny Christie sees problems with exchange of statements.

Penny Christie is a litigation partner at Bird & Bird. One of the stated objectives of the rule on exchange of witness statements (RSC Order 38 Rule 2A) is “the avoidance of a trial”, and as a procedural device to speed up compromise settlements, it works well. Whether it helps with the fair and open […]

Woodroffes hit by writ after its alleged negligence costs a sacked director £825,000

A SACKED company director is suing London law firm Woodroffes for £825,000 over alleged negligence in its handling of his compensation claim. In a writ issued at the High Court, John Buchanan, of Farnham, Surrey, says he retained Woodroffes after he was sacked without notice as a director of conglomerate Sale Tilney in April 1993. […]

Data registrar calls for privacy review

Alison Laferlia reports THE Data Protection Registrar has called for a thorough review of the UK Data Protection Act in the light of a recent EU data protection directive. The call came in the registrar’s annual report, which also touched on the impact of new technologies on privacy. Presenting the report to Parliament, the registrar, […]

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