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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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HK man heads west

Mitch Gitin, the head of Baker & McKenzie’s US securities practice in Hong Kong, has been transferred to the firm’s London office to boost its central and east European securities practice. The firm now has a team of five US securities lawyers based in London. Gitin joined the firm in 1992 from US firm Skadden […]

Linklaters only UK firm on Chinese licence list

Linklaters is understood to be the only UK firm out of 20 foreign law firms which have just been granted licences to open new offices in China. The Lawyer revealed last week that Linklaters had been granted a licence for its unofficial Shanghai office. It has now become clear that it is the only UK […]

Lawyers expected to “vary' Diana's will

Princess Diana’s will is to be made public this week and her lawyers are expected to apply to vary it to make it easier for the princes to inherit her estate. It is understood her current will, drafted before her divorce from the Prince of Wales, only allows the princes to inherit the estate when […]

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Frere Cholmeley Bischoff acted for Warner Estate Holdings on its £4.475m purchase of a portfolio of retail town centre properties from Ropner, advised by Lawrence Graham.

Conditional fee insurance is not a rip off

Far from being a genuine attempt to promote access to justice, Anthony Barton believes that lawyers’ support for legal aid constitutes little more than a thinly-veiled vested interest> Not long ago the Bar Council reportedly warned that the introduction of conditional fees to replace the civil legal aid would lead to the public being “ripped […]

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