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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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DLA and Slaughters lead on Premier Foods’ latest brand sell-off

DLA Piper and Slaughter and May have advised on debt-laden Premier Foods’ sale of its sweet spreads and jellies business to US buyer Hain Celestial. The £200m transaction sees the Mr Kipling and Hovis owner sell a range of spreads, including Hartley’s jams and Sun-Pat peanut butter, to organic products company Hain Celestial, which currently […]

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William Fry moves into London to boost international profile

Irish firm William Fry is launching a London office in a bid to capitalise on Ireland’s growing international economy. The office will be headed by corporate partner Stephen Keogh, who focuses on M&A and private equity work. William Fry previously had a London office but closed it in 1998. Its domestic rivals all have a […]

Bar growth buoyed by direct instructions

The civil bar saw revenues move upwards at the end of the last financial year, driven in part by growth in the number of direct access instructions from in-house counsel. Monckton Chambers reported growth of 22 per cent at the latest year-end, from £17.25m to £21m. According to senior clerk David Hockney the financial performance […]

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Brave New World?

Proposals for modernising the family courts could cause more problems than they solve, says Zoe Saunders Back in the dim and distant past (July), before the chaos of school and summer holidays, Mr Justice Ryder delivered the final chapter of his latest magnum opus: Judicial Proposals For The Modernisation Of Family Justice. There can be […]

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