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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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Schroders review: CC, Wragges out

Schroders has appointed 11 firms to its legal panel, with Clifford Chance and Wragge & Co both failing to win places. It is the first time the fund-management group has instituted a legal panel and follows the appointment of the high-profile former Barclays legal chief, Howard Trust, to the role of head of legal. The […]

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McGrigors suffers loss of corporate duo

McGrigors’ Glasgow office is losing corporate director Paul Pignatelli and corporate assistant Andrew Wardrup to DLA. Both are expected to leave by the summer. The departures come at the same time as the unrelated Edinburgh exits of former head of projects Jim Smith, who retires on 9 April, and projects partner Donna Stevenson, who is […]

Mishcons shunts a third of partners out of equity

A radical restructuring of the equity at Mishcon de Reya has seen a third of the partners either leave the firm or lose their equity status. The shake-up has resulted in a 25 per cent hike in average profits per equity partner (PEP) this year and should improve dramatically the figures for 2005. Last year […]

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