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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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Former Macfarlanes partner joins Maitland in SA

Maitland, the South African trusts advisory group that took on Linklaters partner Rupert Weber, has also hired former Macfarlanes partner Michael Hayes. Formerly a partner in the City firm’s highly rated private client department, Hayes will join as a part-time consultant next month. He retired from Macfarlanes in April, but while there often worked with […]

DLA’s international TMT tie-up goes where no team has gone before

A three-way global merger and a DWS team will give DLA a formidable TMT practice. By Steve Hoare “When this is put together, we’ll create the dominant global TMT practice.” Mimicking his managing partner’s bullish message to clients (“You’ll never be able to outgrow us,” said Nigel Knowles recently), DLA’s head of technology, media and […]

Opinion

The big casino players will be clamouring to invest once the Gambling Bill has been ironed out The Gambling Bill has exposed schisms in the Government. Its has also highlighted entrenched departmental characteristics. HM Treasury wants tax revenue; the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) wants urban renaissance; the Department for Culture, Media and […]

SJ Berwin to elect strategy committee for the first time

City firm democratises management as it grapples with issues of succession SJ Berwin to elect strategy committee for the first time” />SJ Berwin will hold a competitive partnership election for its strategy committee for the first time early next year in a bid to shake up the firm’s management structure. The inaugural vote, which is […]

Ex-Primus counsel takes up ADB legal role

Primus Telecommunications’ former European general counsel Ashraf Mohammed has resurfaced at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Mohammed, who left Primus last December after being made redundant (The Lawyer, 15 December 2004) is joining ADB’s 25-strong legal function as a counsel. He will be starting his new role, based in the Philippines, on Wednesday 1 December. […]

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