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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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Bullish behaviour

What is going on at Phillips Fox (or Frilly Frocks, as it’s affectionately known at Tulkinghorn Towers)? DLA Piper‘s newest best mate spent its end-of- financial-year party in Brisbane downing a few tinnies in true Australian style. But, according to a local spy, it also wheeled out a mechanical bull for some rough-and-tumble entertainment. Tulkinghorn […]

Lovells joins CDO ranks after BNP deals

As banks seek to tidy up their balance sheets ahead of the implementation of Basel II, the supply of collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) keeps growing. This, of course, means lawyers are winning their share of the spoils by acting on the many multi-billion-dollar deals coming to market. Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & […]

BLP’s fast action hero

It’s not often Tulkinghorn can say this, but some news of a genuinely heroic nature reached Tulkinghorn last week from Berwin Leighton Paisner. It was in the form of an email circulated by corporate finance partner and partnership board chairman Peter Robinson, to ‘everyone’, entitled “Adrian Rough” (one of the firm’s backroom unsung heroes). It […]

The act of giving

A new charity act in Scotland will change the face of charity law, with increased regulation being key to development. By Simon Mackintosh The main body of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 came into force on 24 April 2006. As well as creating a complete code for charity law in Scotland, it […]

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