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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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Hallett LJ to chair Judicial Studies Board

Lady Justice Hallett has been appointed as chair of the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) for a three-year term. Hallett LJ, who is currently presiding over the inquest into the 7 July 2005 London bombings, was only the fifth woman judge to be appointed to the Court of Appeal. She is widely perceived as a possible […]

ACC conference gets to grips with professional privilege bombshell

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Europe’s seventeenth annual conference was held in Vienna last week – and it rained. A lot. But even on the few occasions when the downpours gave way to ­sunshine, a faint gloom seemed to hang around. Said gloom was cast by the opinion of EU Advocate General Juliane Kokott given […]

Prudential rejigs UK legal function

Prudential has launched a revamp of its UK legal team with the creation of a new head of legal role. The new role marks the first time the insurance giant will have a dedicated legal chief, who has still to be recruited, for its domestic arm Prudential UK. A nine-strong legal team will move from the […]

Nuts about Brazil

It’s all about Brazil these days, it would seem, as European firms begin to march to the beat of the samba. First DLA Piper’s alliance firm Campos Mello Advogados raids local rival Tozzini Freire Advogados for a 14-lawyer team that includes two partners (see story). And now Garrigues has joined the party after hooking up […]

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