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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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Herbies defeats UK, French govts in Eurotunnel arbitration hearing

Herbert Smith scored a historic victory for Eurotunnel (and also law firms) in the first large-scale international arbitration ruling against Western governments. As well as ruling against the UK and French governments to the tune of £30m, the decision was also the first major international arbitration to be made public in which solicitors, as opposed […]

Bakers wins key BBC role

Baker & McKenzie has won a role as the BBC Trust’s key regulatory adviser, after pitching for the work last year. Other firms vying for the role included Norton Rose. The firm will advise on the Trust’s fair trading policies as well as on the competition aspects of new BBC projects, such as on-demand and […]

A&O fights BSkyB’s corner in Ofcom takeover inquiry

Ofcom has launched the first public interest inquiry of Allen & Overy client BSkyB following a ministerial intervention, it emerged last week. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alistair Darling asked the media regulator to look into whether or not BSkyB’s purchase of a 17.9 per cent stake in ITV last November presented a […]

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