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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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“It’s not the kind of term that you normally put into a corporate process.” – Paisner & Co partner Jonathan Cameron on Hammer Films owner Roy Skeggs’ demand that he should continue to own the rights to Frankenstein’s boots. Paisners acted for the consortium that bought the famous horror film company.

It's been a bad week for…

Lawyers hoping to make use of email records to prove dodgy activity. Executives looking to cover their tracks have seen a preview of a new product that can make a company’s email simply disappear. Corporate managers can use the technology developed by Disappearing Inc to set up email policies on company networks that routinely destroy […]

Dibbs pulls off 'coup' to net partner

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Leeds’ office has poached an in-house lawyer from the Australian Olympic Committee. Andrew Symms is joining the firm’s property and construction department in mid-March as a partner. Leeds regional managing partner Neil Mclean claims the appointment is a coup for the office. He says: “He was not looking to come to Yorkshire […]

Conflict over connection

British Telecom is being taken to the High Court by a property company which claims it lost out on management of a portfolio of 40 properties because of delay in connecting phone lines to new premises. Bletchley-based Castle Estates Relocation Services is also chall- enging contract clauses purporting to limit the level of damages payable […]

Ashursts US merger stalled by Lathams

Latham & Watkins and Ashurst Morris Crisp’s plans for a merger are being blocked by the US firm’s London office. It is understood that the office is resisting moves to join with Ashursts, arguing that the shift would remove any independence it has from its US parent. Last week The Lawyer exclusively revealed that the […]

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