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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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Protocols still not finalised

The pre-action protocols for personal injury law under the Woolf reforms are still missing. Nigel Tomkins, of the joint working party drawing up the protocols, says they were due to be released before Christmas and says he can not understand why they are still under wraps. “As far as I know they were finalised weeks […]

Hardwicke Building stalker gets court fine

A barrister pestered a female colleague, plaguing her with phone calls and letters after she broke off their relationship, a court has heard. Justin Webster, who pleaded guilty to harassment after being charged under the new stalking laws, faces disciplinary action from the Bar Council. Webster, 37, of Hardwicke Building, once made 23 telephone calls […]

Property

The Greenalls Group and Nomura International have agreed to sell their entire franchised and tenanted estate to Tudor House Acquisitions. The total purchase price is £370m. Greenalls was advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite with partner Simon Jay leading the corporate team. Nomura was advised by Clifford Chance, led by David Pearson.

US seeks to try Pinochet

General Pinochet is now under investigation by the American Justice Department, which is considering whether he can be tried in the US. Attorney-General Janet Reno said her department was reviewing a car bombing in Washington in 1976 which killed former Chilean Ambassador and prominent Pinochet critic Orlando Letelier and his colleague, Ronni Moffitt, a US […]

Simmons set to advise MoD

Simmons & Simmons beat eight law firms to advise the Ministry of Defence on the privatisation of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). DERA conducts research and gives advice to support the development and procurement of defence systems and equipment. The government decided earlier this year to investigate public/private partnership options for the agency […]

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