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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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Entertainment UK snaps up first in-houser from Cushman

Home entertainment and mobile telephone retail giant Entertainment UK has poached its first-ever in-house lawyer from global real estate business Cushman & Wakefield. Richard McGonigle will join the Hampshire-based, £1.1bn Woolworths subsidiary from Cushman two years after he joined the company from panel firm Norton Rose. Meanwhile, Cushman is recruiting two new lawyers for its […]

Second Life bar elects real life UK partner as president

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) partner David Naylor has been elected president of the Second Life Bar Association (SLBA) in the virtual world group’s first-ever elections. Naylor said: “It’s an international association of several hundred lawyers and other people who are interested in virtual world legal systems and issues, and as such is a key network […]

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Lip service?

Since the Treasury proposed the introduction of equity funding competitions into PFIs it has remained strangely tight-lipped on the issue. By John Smith and Al Goodwin In March 2006 the concept of equity funding competitions (EFCs) in PFI projects was first formally – if tentatively – raised by HM Treasury in its document ’PFI: strengthening […]

Stand by your man

This has been the week of standing up for your colleagues. Freshfields stood right by its man Barry O’Brien as he faced the Law Society firing squad; British Airways (BA) backed its trusty adviser Slaughter and May despite the whopping £270m fine that’s soon to be followed by a class action that could cost the […]

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