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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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Lawyers hail tobacco ruling

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Fountain court bags top QC in recruitment drive

THE PREMIER commercial set Fountain Court has departed from its policy of nurturing its own talent to hire five tenants from three rival sets including leading aviation silk Michael Crane of 5 Bell Yard. Crane’s decision to move to Fountain Court to bolster its aviation practice along with junior Akhil Shah stunned his old chambers, […]

Share options limit too low, says report

Company directors should be allowed approved share options of up to £100,000 more than three times the current maximum according to Michael Jacobs, a tax partner at Nicholson Graham & Jones. Jacobs’ recommendation comes in a report on “rewarding leadership” in smaller quoted companies issued last week by the lobbying group Cisco. Jacobs was the […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 17/2/98

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report The question of land ownership in damages claim Alfred McAlpine Construction v Panatown (1998) Court: CA (Evans LJ, Hutchison LJ and Mantell LJ) 5/2/9Text: Appeal against the decision of the Official Referee reversing the decision of […]

Parody prohibition?

The decision against the Evening Standard’s spoof, “Alan Clark’s Diary” is not a blow to humour and free speech, says Clark’s solicitor, Sinead Martin. Sinead Martin is a solicitor at Denton Hall. In an important case for all authors and publishers, author and diarist Alan Clark MP, obtained an injunction against Associated Newspapers, the publishers […]

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