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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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City firms advise on £1.9bn power sale

Allen & Overy, Norton Rose and Linklaters & Alliance have completed work on US power company AES’ £1.9bn acquisition of the Drax power station from National Power. A&O acted for the lead loan arrangers, The Chase Manhattan Bank, the London branch of Deutsche Bank AG, and Industrial Bank of Japan on the deal, which was […]

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Linklaters & Alliance acted for MEPC on the acquisition of the office development site at the former Leavesden Aerodrome. The company’s total investment in the site is valued at over £43m. The phased purchase, which took place in July and October, gives MEPC 120 square acres of development and greenbelt land. Christopher Coombe, property partner […]

Cervical smear ruling sparks fears

A health authority’s costs in an appeal are more than the national cervical cancer research budget, writes Roger Pearson. The recent Appeal Court refusal to clear health service chiefs in Kent of liability in respect of three women who were wrongly given the all-clear after undergoing cervical screening has sent ripples of concern throughout the […]

Tuckers launches new IT system

Criminal law firm Tuckers has developed a new case management system. The new system contains a client database, billing information, allows staff to track cases from beginning to end, tap clients’ details in at police stations, and open new case files via modem. Once an action is under way, the system will automatically alert lawyers […]

It's been a good week for…

Employment lawyers, who have hit a veritable gold rush of work if reports are to be believed. Acas, the conciliation service, has recorded a humungous 31 per cent increase in litigation between employers and employees. In the year up to 30 June, a reported 136,000 employees took action against their bosses. And this figure is […]

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