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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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Dundas appoints managing partner pair

Dundas & Wilson has appointed new managing partners Donald Shaw and Alan Campbell, to take effect from 1 May 2006. Shaw, who currently heads the firm’s real estate practice, and Campbell, responsible for the projects team, both sit on the Dundas management board. Dundas chief executive Neil Cochran said the joint appointments reflected the firm’s […]

Compromising situations

Compromise agreements are no longer a foolproof way to secure happy staff departures. By Paul Callegari

Government scraps Judicial Pensions Bill

The government today dropped its controversial Judicial Pensions Bill in favour of fresh proposals which will maintain the value of judges’ pensions. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, made a written statement to Parliament announcing that the Bill was being scrapped. Judicial pensions are also being deregistered from the Finance Act 2004, meaning that they will […]

White & Case leads Thai securitisation

White & Case has advised the lead managers to the Royal Thai Government on its largest securitisation to date. The government issued Bt10.3bn (£143.4m) of notes in four tranches with separate maturities. The bonds are secured by 30-year leases on the government’s new offices at Chaengwatthana and are the first to be sold under a […]

Sounding out Scrooge

It’s time to play ‘Guess the Partner’. In a recent letter to The Times’s agony aunt Bel Mooney, the girlfriend of an unnamed “senior partner” of a City law firm was complaining about how tight-fisted he is. She wrote: “Dear Bel, I am 55 and since the breakup of my marriage 20 years ago, I […]

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