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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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In brief: Sports lawyer wins damages action

Sports lawyer Nick Trainer has been given “substantial” damages by The Sun for a story which suggested he had embarrassed England soccer coach Terry Venables. The article centred on the application by Trainer, Venables’ solicitor and a partner with John Bowden, Trainer & Co, to become an agent for soccer players. David Price, who acted […]

Defending legal territory

The long summer vacation is a good time to sneak out bad news. While French lawyers were on their yachts, a decree was passed on 15 August denying business graduates access to legal studies, thanks to lobbying by hard-core traditional lawyers. This will mean only those with a first degree in law can go on […]

Singapore deal

The Singapore office of Norton Rose has acted in the establishment of a US$250 million investment fund jointly set up by the country’s government and two major European groups. The fund will invest in unlisted companies focusing on China, Indonesia and member nations of the Association of South East Asian Nations.

Employed Bar demands more representation on Council

INTENSE competition in the elections for the in-house seats on the Bar Council has prompted calls for more places to be given to the employed sector. This year 13 in-house counsel are fighting it out for the four places up for election on the Bar Council. Calls for extended rights of audience are high on […]

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