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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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Community Legal Service slammed by DCA report

The Community Legal Service (CLS), which from 1 April 2000 replaced the old civil scheme of legal aid, has been criticised following an independent review on behalf of the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA). In a report following the review, the CLS has been identified as lacking clarity and transparency both internally and externally. Public […]

David Ludlow: TI Automotive

A thriving automotive business is facing a barrage of industry-specific regulation. Jodi Bartle reports on the pressures facing TI Automotive Three years ago, TI Automotive was spun off from its newly-formed parent company Smiths Group when Smiths decided it wanted out of the automobile industry. Smiths Industries, an aerospace and medical devices group, had acquired […]

Lupicinio Eversheds in double Spanish link-up

Eversheds’ Spanish alliance partner Lupicinio Eversheds has tied up with two niche practices. The firm has struck up strategic alliances – intended as a precursor to a full merger – with Madrid’s Gervás Salas & Asociados and Barcelona outfit Miró Costart Abogados. Gervás specialises in insurance and reinsurance and also runs a brokerage practice, while […]

Park Nelson tie-up gives Lester Aldridge London base

Lester Aldridge is set to gain its first foothold in London after absorbing 200-year-old real estate, commercial services and private client boutique Park Nelson. It is expected that seven of Park Nelson’s 11 partners will join Lester Aldridge, including three commercial property specialists, one private client and three commercial services partners. Several lawyers will relocate […]

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