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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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Setting up diversity training and awareness sessions for partners and staff was one of the first issues addressed by the inclusivity group at Herbert Smith following its formation in 2004. Our initial enthusiasm was tempered by a confusing array of external advice on the issue, ranging from ‘essential’ to ‘a waste of time’ and ‘a […]

US firms buoy Europe’s office lettings market

Demand from US law firms is holding up the European legal office lettings market after overall demand dropped by 16 per cent last year. Exclusive research by property services company Cushman & Wakefield revealed that US law firms are continuing to fuel the legal lettings markets, particularly in Paris and Germany. Mark Pollitt, head of Cushmans’ European legal group, said […]

Midlands council trio solicit barristers’ sets

Three city councils in the Midlands are undertaking a joint panel review for barristers’ chambers. The councils of Derby, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent began the process in April and have so far received more than 30 expressions of interest. The tendering process will be completed by the end of June, after which the selected chambers will […]

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