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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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Freshfields and Deringer to link with Austrian firm

Freshfields and its new Frankfurt partner Deringer Tessin are close to announcing an alliance with 9-partner Austrian firm Wolf Theiss. It is understood that Deringer had been talking to Wolf Theiss for some time before it entered its alliance with Freshfields, designed to become a full merger in two years. Talks with Wolf were put […]

Red card for Halliwell Landau soccer trip

MANCHESTER firm Halliwell Landau was forced to call off a corporate hospitality trip to Friday’s crunch England/Colombia World Cup game, after chartering a plane for what is believed to be £5000. Corporate partner Clive Garston had invited 18 Manchester businessmen to the game. The agency through which it booked tickets – Great Portland Entertainment – […]

Construction reforms greeted with scepticism

THE construction industry – famed for its long and complicated disputes – has taken a dim view of the new legislation which has been designed to improve the situation, according to a survey carried out by Cameron Mckenna. Just 16 per cent of the industry was pleased with the new Construction Act. And the survey […]

Is this the end – or will the Bar bounce back?

We have been expecting an announcement from the Lord Chancellor on rights of audience for many months. But the scale of last week’s consultation paper still took many lawyers by surprise. All solicitors will have full rights of audience on the first day of their admission onto the Roll. To exercise these rights solicitors will […]

Pub tie system faces new challenge

Two test cases have brought into question a system whereby pub landlords are dictated to by suppliers, reports Roger Pearson. Pub tenants and breweries are waiting for the outcome of two challenges to the brewery tie system, under which brewery landlords stipulate who their tenants must buy supplies from – ranging from drink to fruit […]

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