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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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Lerach looks to reverse court’s Enron ruling

San Diego-based law firm Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins has vowed to challenge a US court ruling that the multibillion-dollar class action filed by the Enron investors against the energy company’s banks must be thrown out. William Lerach, the lead partner for the investors, said the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in New […]

HBJ launches Glasgow transport group

Anglo-Scottish firm HBJ Gateley Wareing has launched a shipping and transport group at the firm’s Glasgow office. The Glasgow operation will provide advice to the firm’s existing client base in the West of Scotland. The move into Glasgow follows on the back of the hire of Birmingham-based logistics and transport partner Buddug Williams from Shakespeares […]

Bills come under scrutiny as GCs reveal widespread padding concerns

In-house lawyers are widely sceptical of their external advisers’ bills, according to one of the largest-ever surveys of in-house counsel undertaken. According to the findings, which were gathered from research carried out earlier this year by The Lawyer in association with YouGov, 69 per cent of in-house counsel surveyed have experienced someone padding bills. However, […]

Ogier joins influx of offshore law firms into Dubai

Ogier is the latest offshore firm to announce a plan to establish an office in Dubai. The firm has informed clients of its intention by email, asking for support when the office is set up in the Middle East jurisdiction. London-based partners Gray Smith and Charles Grime have been in Dubai on a reconnaissance mission […]

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