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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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Holman Fenwick lands rival commodities team

Holman Fenwick & Willan has poached a highly rated commodities team from rival shipping specialist Hill Taylor Dickinson. Partner Brian Perrott and two assistants will join Holmans on 1 February. The move sees Perrott return to the firm where he trained before he moved on to other roles, including a spell as head of litigation for agricultural […]

Hardwicke bags 7 New Square IP duo

Hardwicke Building has raided specialist IP set 7 New Square for two barristers to launch its own IP practice. Mark Engelman and Ian Silcock joined Hardwicke last week (3 January) and will be practising IP law alongside existing Hardwicke tenant Graham Cunningham, whose technology-focused practice includes some IP work. Hardwicke chief executive Ann Buxton said: […]

CC banking associates receive time off in lieu

Associates at Clifford Chance are being given days off in lieu as compensation for working into the early hours on deals. The initiative has been implemented by the firm’s banking practice and is not extended to associates across the rest of the firm. At a time when associates’ pay and conditions have been hitting the […]

LSC donates legal services for Crisis Open Christmas scheme

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) joined forces with charity Crisis over the festive period to offer homeless people free legal advice to help them make a new start in 2006. The legal advice project was part of the 34th Crisis Open Christmas scheme, which ran for a week up to New Year. Under the scheme, […]

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