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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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Woolf bites back

Amid growing fears that the most radical shake-up in the legal system is heading for disaster, the reforms architect, Lord Woolf, dismisses the legal profession’s pessimism in this exclusive interview with Elizabeth Davidson, and tells lawyers to ‘put their house in order’. The Woolf reforms are due to begin on 26 April – ushering in […]

Irvine makes historic U-turn

THE LORD Chancellor has made a historic climbdown over criticisms about his new powers in the Access to Justice Bill. Lord Irvine’s surprise concessions came on the first day of the Bill’s committee hearings in the Lords. He accepted most of the recommendations of the Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation which recently attacked […]

Ladbroke sues for #9.5m loan

Ladbroke Group Properties, which is part of Ladbroke Group, is suing three Jersey companies for repayment of loans of more than #9.5m. It claims that it agreed to lend three companies – Brompton Holdings, Monteagle Holdings (Jersey) and Remlap Holdings – up to #10m, so that they in turn could lend the money to two […]

Eversheds to advise councils in-house

Eversheds has signed partnership agreements with Lancashire and Nottinghamshire county councils and is in the process of making a similar arrangement with Buckinghamshire. It is also in talks with around a dozen other councils. The agreement will provide the councils’ in-house legal team with specialist legal support, including training sessions, secondment and use of Eversheds’ […]

In brief: Dibb Lupton Alsop

Dibb Lupton Alsop acted for boxing promoter Frank Warren in negotiating a #7.2m settlement in his dispute with US boxing promoter Don King. Warren’s four-year partnership with King has been dissolved, and the agreement settles all claims and allegations against Warren. Dibbs’ litigation team was led by Daren Allen.

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