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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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Washington securities official makes move to Dechert Price

Dechert Price & Rhoads, the US firm allied to Titmuss Sainer Dechert, has added to its tally of ex-Securities and Exchange Commission officials by taking on Jack Murphy, who joins as a partner based in the firm’s Washington office. Murphy, who held the post of associate director and chief counsel of the SEC’s Division of […]

Pep launch on Net is plain sailing

Liz Davidson reports THE SOLICITOR who advised on the launch of what is claimed to be the first interactive Personal Equity Plan on the Internet has described it as an unusual but relatively straightforward job. Macfarlane’s partner Tim Cornick was called in by MBO Advisory Partners to advise on the launch of NetPep, a personal […]

Home: where the work is

Never mind sole practioners working in chambers (The Lawyer, 25 March), let them work from home with electronic connections if necessary. The economics are indisputable. Imagine a life with no partners, profits more than 90 per cent of turnover, no employees, visiting clients at home, few meetings, and so on. Anyone contemplating this should read […]

Monkey business

I think you may have solved a mystery which has worried me for many decades. Long ago, when I was a minnow at Freshfields and the firm resided in Princes Street, the loos were labelled Freshfields ladies, Freshfields gentlemen and Freshfields partners. I used to think the distinction had something to do with gender and, […]

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