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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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Pinsents star joins Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway has scored a new head of commercial property by hiring former national managing partner Malcolm Lloyd from Pinsent Curtis Biddle Lloyd is a senior figure in the North East, having been managing partner of Pinsents’ Leeds office between 1996 and 1999. He joins the Newcastle firm in September.Ward Hadaway managing partner Jamie Martin […]

Stephenson Harwood appoints six partners

Stephenson Harwood has announced the appointment of six new partners to take immediate effect The partners are commercial litigation partner Sarah Charles; shipping litigation partner Tony Concagh; property partner Chris Seel; litigation partner Paul Thwaite; and corporate partners Jenny Cottrell and Adrienne Seaman who the firm is taking on from the London office of US […]

Proving them wrong

With fewer challenges to utilities regulators being brought, Andrew Denny asks: are the regulators finally getting it right? Since the public utilities were privatised in the 1980s, there has been a significant number of court challenges of utilities regulators’ decisions. Yet judicial review applications against the regulators have dropped off recently, with no decided cases […]

One Essex Court looks to business

One Essex Court has branched out into business consultancy and arbitration, taking on industry giant and former chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) Sir Sidney Lipworth QC South Africa-qualified Lipworth is an honorary QC and has never practised law in the UK, but was formerly chairman of Zeneca Group, the Financial Reporting Council […]

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