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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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Clifford Chance has advised the Post Office on the acquisition of delivery service German Parcel Paket-Logistik GmbH, based in Neuenstein, Germany. The deal required the simultaneous cross-border acquisition of nearly 30 franchisee companies, which operated local depots, from 25 groups of sellers. A team of over 20 from Clifford Chance’s German office was assisted by […]

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Many solicitors are hard-pressed to name a junior banking barrister they have used recently. Work, they say, is increasingly being carried out in-house, at the expense of the junior bar. Once again, 3 Verulam Buildings stands out for its strength in this field. Adrian Beltrami is “extremely good”, Richard de Lacy “knows what he is […]

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Because of shifting news values and cutbacks to editorial budgets, the press is failing to cover key civil and criminal court cases. Cases reflecting societal inequalities, corruption and injustice are going unreported. While every national newspaper last month carried the prosecution of It girl Tara Palmer-Tomkinson for speeding, cases revealing police corruption, pension fraud and […]

Crown Prosecution Service plan faces four-year delay

It could take up to four years for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to install a standardised IT system, it has been revealed. The CPS has opted for a private finance initiative (PFI) contract to pay for any future deal, but bids will not be invited for several months. The choice of a PFI deal […]

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