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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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Red Sky delight for Freshfields

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Ronald Hooberman and Philip Freedman of Mishcon de Reya advised Frogmore Estates on its £9m sale of a 30-acre site in Chelmsford to German supermarket chain Aldi, advised by Jane Cooper of Edge & Ellison.

Chancery Lame can no longer limp on

In the wake of the Law Society’s bungled handling of the SIF crisis, John Malpas finds temperatures in the profession running sky-high “I’m not interested in the Law Society, it is a complete waste of time and I’d like to see it go completely.” This was Nick Squire’s exasperated reaction when he was asked by […]

Artist's corner

To celebrate the international nature of the London art scene, the Collyer-Bristow gallery is showing works from foreign contemporary painters who live and work in London. The exhibition entitled “Faded Figures” opens on 7 October and runs until 28 November.

Bosnia peacekeepers attacked for obstructing Hague Tribunal

Leading UN war crimes prosecutor, Justice Louise Arbour, used her opening IBA address in Vancouver to attack states and international organisations involved in Bosnian peacekeeping over their reluctance to supply evidence to the Hague tribunal. She said states that had been observing or peacekeeping in Bosnia had been “reluctant” to give evidence needed to support […]

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