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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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The property team at Edge Ellison in London advised Henderson Investors and Commercial Union on the recent £95m sale of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch, to Thornfield Properties and Lehman Brothers, a US investment bank. Partner Jonathan Morshead led the team, which has also recently advised Commercial Union on the sale of a mixed portfolio, […]

Partners on the move…

DJ Freeman has brought the total number of new partners appointed in the firm within the past six months to eight. Three new partners, take up their posts on 1 May. They are Jonathan Barnes (commercial property), Tim O’Hara (non-contentious construction) and Marina Palomba (contentious commercial litigation and jurisdictional disputes). George Bull, a specialist in […]

Judges get tough on unprepared lawyers

Senior members of the judiciary are warning they will not be lenient with lawyers who are unprepared for the Woolf reforms. This contradicts statements made by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, that if lawyers do not “get it absolutely right straight off the courts are not going to descend upon them”. At the same time […]

Law Soc says no to newly-qualifieds

Newly-qualified solicitors have again been denied a seat on the Law Society council after council members ignored the recommendation of its own committee. The Council Membership Committee’s call for one of the two local government seats to be scrapped in favour of a newly qualified lawyer was narrowly defeated by two votes. After the chairman […]

Stephenson Harwood poaches top lawyers

Stephenson Harwood has poached a top silk from a leading chambers and a shipping litigation partner from Wilde Sapte. Leading insolvency barrister John Higham QC, who focuses on banking and finance work, will be joining from the chambers of Michael Crystal QC at 3/4 South Square. Wilde Sapte shipping litigation partner Duncan Mc- Donald is […]

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