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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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Speechly finds new home for Bagpuss

Holding company Coolabi has bought the rights to children’s television character Bagpuss. Speechly Bircham lawyer Nicholas Tall advised Coolabi on its conditional agreement to acquire Licensing by Design (LBD), subject to shareholder approval. LBD represents a number of IP assets including Bagpuss, The Clangers and Ivor the Engine. Coolabi is listed on AIM and controls […]

Seddons

Based in leafy Portland Square in London’s West End, Seddons operates within the fortress of the ­Belgravia and Mayfair markets. It may reside in an upmarket part of town, but Seddons’ experienced managing partner Robin Austin is adamant that there is no ‘old boys’ network’ at the firm. Well-travelled Austin, who completed his articles in […]

The domino effect

Denmark’s banking industry is collapsing at alarming rate. The situation calls for some creative lawyering, says Tom Phillips Denmark has been known as one of the most stable economies in Europe, but over the past 10 months an economic storm has broken over the country’s financial markets. Unprecedented upheaval from the subprime collapse has required […]

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Lehman law firm creditors missed off official list

Law firms owed millions of pounds by Lehman Brothers have been missed off a list of trade creditors issued last Tuesday (4 November) by administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The London offices of Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Clifford Chance are just four of the firms missing. “It’s all a complete bloody mess,” […]

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