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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 17/12/96

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Firm issues guide to life under Labour

Clifford Chance has become what is believed to be the first law firm to draw up a guide for its clients on what life under a Labour government might be like. Entitled New Labour, New Government? it has been compiled by the firm’s public policy group headed by Richard Thomas, who was appointed from the […]

Council has a hand in fingerprint system

Lawyers at Hampshire County Council are celebrating their role in the establishment of a national automatic fingerprint recognition system for the police. Principal solicitor Ted Mason and his team helped secure a deal with North American Morpho Systems to supply the system, which will be used by 33 of the 43 police authorities in England […]

Altheimer & Gray's taste of eastern promise

On June 26, Chicago-based law firm Altheimer & Gray opened its doors in the ancient Chinese city of Shanghai. It is yet another example of the firm’s continuing commitment to emerging markets. One of Chicago’s largest firms, Altheimer & Gray, founded in 1915, is noted domestically for its work in mergers and acquisitions, property development […]

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