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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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Maples regains offshore crown from Appleby

Maples and Calder’s 2012 hiring spree has pushed it to the top of the offshore top 30 again, with the firm overtaking Appleby as the world’s largest offshore firm by lawyer headcount. The Lawyer’s annual offshore survey, published today, also shows that Mourant Ozannes has leapfrogged Walkers into third place – another effect of Maples’ […]

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David Parton is head of Shoosmiths’ Northampton office. He is an experienced property solicitor. Parton joined Shoosmiths in 1991 and became a partner in 1997. He has responsibility for our conveyancing department comprising more than 70 staff who have probably helped more people move home in the last 10 years than any other law firm. […]

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Jonathan Grigg is a commercial litigation partner based in the firm’s Solent office. He has a wide-ranging commercial contract and negligence disputes practice, with a significant international element. He is experienced in all areas of dispute resolution including High Court litigation, arbitration and ADR, representing commercial clients in many successful mediations. Grigg is recognised by […]

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