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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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Morgan Cole and Fishburn Boxer demerge

Three years after merging, both sides admit that hopes were not realised Morgan Cole partners have agreed to the de-merger from today of the firm’s niche London market insurance practice that has been trading as Fishburn Morgan Cole since the merger between Morgan Cole and Fishburn Boxer in April 1999. The de-merged practice will trade […]

Dawsons takes on Far Eastern IP specialist

Dawsons has hired intellectual property (IP) and IT specialist Karen Fong from the Hong Kong office of Denton Wilde Sapte. Fong was a consultant for Dentons, advising on Hong Kong and Chinese IP issues. She moves back to London, where she was based while a partner at Willoughby & Partners.

Race is on to win place on Taylor Woodrow panel

Julia Cahill says that Camerons and Eversheds are the ones to beat in the Taylor Woodrow review After The Lawyer revealed last week that Taylor Woodrow was about to review its panel, you may have been thinking about trying your luck. Several of you already have, but for those still to make that cold call, […]

Watson Burton targets employment growth

Watson Burton has bolstered its employment practice with the hire of Chris Graham, a partner from Leeds-based Ford & Warren. Graham’s focus is on the transport sector. He brings many years of experience acting for haulage companies, and bus and coach operators. Other clients include the UK-wide Reeds Rains estate agency and Danka UK. First […]

Litigation conference brings to the fore blunders by expert witnesses

The array of problems caused by expert witnesses during litigation were highlighted at a landmark conference last week Allen & Overy litigator Joanna Hughes, author of a recent book on expert witnesses, provided a catalogue of examples of blunders by what she describes as “nightmare experts”. Hughes said the areas in which experts cause the […]

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