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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 […]

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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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Job rights boost for disabled people

The employment protection rights of the disabled have been strengthened by a new Court of Appeal ruling. The decision in Clark v TDG Ltd (t/a Novacold) will require employers to take a closer look at their strategies if they want to dismiss a disabled member of their workforce, according to personal injury and employment law […]

Keep takeovers out of the courts

The European Union is stepping up its efforts to push through a draft directive aimed at harmonising European takeover regulations. But City opposition is focused on the directive’s inherent threat to self-regulation by the Takeover Panel, placing its regime on a statutory footing. City lawyers’ main argument is: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. […]

In brief: Forsters

Forsters. Last week it was stated that Forsters was formerly known as Frere Chomeley Bischoff (FCB). We would like to clarify that although the 11 partners who formed Forsters last August were formerly at FCB, the main firm actually merged with Eversheds.

In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society council has voted to appoint a director general to head the society. The new figurehead will be the public face of the society and will take a role in policy formation. The council deferred a decision on whether the new role should be filled by a solicitor.

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