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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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Oldham Council gains fresh powers to evict bad tenants

A NEW tenancy agreement for all of Oldham City Council’s 20,600 tenants comes into force this week. The agreement, which is designed to give the council greater powers to evict tenants and promote neighbourly behaviour, took housing solicitor Naseem Malik 16 months to prepare. The 29-page document delineates unacceptable conduct and outlines what punishment will […]

Debating the immunity of counsel

Two recent High Court hearings show that advocates can no longer be certain of immunity from lawsuits, writes Roger Pearson. The accountability of counsel has been under the gaze of the courts recently. With a steady rise in the number of solicitor advocates, it is a situation which is likely to be significant to both […]

Dentons goes African

Denton Hall has launched a London-based sub-Saharan Africa group, which will be headed by litigation partner John Mills. Mills will be supported by banking and trade finance partner Geoffrey Wynne and corporate partner Philip Goodwin.

In brief: Phone-in reveals Millennium Bug concerns

A Millennium Bug phone-in, sponsored by The Lawyer, has revealed the legal concerns of businesses across the UK. The virtual conference phone-in showed companies worry about the meaning of “compliant” when signing contracts, fear lending institutions will withdraw loan facilities to companies unable to prove compliancy and wish to legally compel their suppliers to ensure […]

Slaughters and Linklaters scoop mega-merger fees

Linklaters corporate partner Stephen Boughton has scorned reports that the advisory fees for the world’s largest ever deal – the £43bn SmithKline-Glaxo merger – could be as high as £400m. “I can’t understand how they have got such a large figure,” he said. His comments follow a claim by Philip Healey, the editor of Acquisitions […]

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