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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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Matrix considers exit from Gray’s Inn base

Gray’s Inn may lose one of its most famous tenants, Matrix Chambers, as increasing numbers of sets leave their Holborn heartland. Matrix is deciding whether to move to larger premises outside the Inn to cope with its growing number of tenants. However, it may remain at its current home at the junction of Gray’s Inn […]

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The perception that all lawyers are paid as liberally as those who work in Tribunals of Inquiry has been a PR disaster for the legal profession in Ireland. Ken Murphy reports The greatest disaster ever to befall the legal profession in Ireland has been the Tribunals of Inquiry. A handful of lawyers have made a […]

Caribbean Court of Justice set to replace Privy Council

From November, the Privy Council in London will cease to be the final court of appeal for Caribbean members of the Commonwealth, bringing to an end one of the final vestiges of the British Empire. It will be replaced by a new court, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), based in Trinidad. The CCJ will […]

DLA’s merger prospect in talks with fellow US firm

Piper Rudnick is moving to bolster its presence on the US West Coast as it moves towards finalising merger talks with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. Gray Cary, best known for its Californian IT and media practices, represents an attractive proposition for Piper Rudnick, whose West Coast operations are currently limited to bases in Los […]

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