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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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The BBC has promoted Valerie Nazareth to the position of head of programme legal advice. Nazareth will succeed Glenn Del Medico when he retires in August. She has been with the BBC for over 10 years after joining the company from Goodman Derrick.

McCanns partners cash in on site sale

Equity partners at Dublin’s McCann FitzGerald could be in line for a multimillion-euro windfall after completing a sale and leaseback of its new premises at Grand Canal Docks. The final payout, reported to be between €28m (£18.8m) and €35m (£23.5m), will depend on how the firm kits out the inside of the new building as […]

Morality bites

Human rights lawyer Phil Shiner is determined to bring the UK to book over the war in Iraq. Jon Robins reports How’s your father? If the tabloids are to be believed – and that’s a big ‘if’ – then his recent work representing the families of 13 dead Iraqi civilians makes this a more than […]

Appeal Court slates Carter-Ruck on giant fees in Telegraph case

The Court of Appeal last week slammed the “extravagant” fees demanded by law firm Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners in a defamation case against The Daily Telegraph. The Court of Appeal last week slammed the “extravagant” fees demanded by law firm Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners in a defamation case against The Daily Telegraph. The court held […]

Simmons scoops brief for broking arm of ABN Amro

Simmons & Simmons has leveraged its track record in advising venture capitalists on managed exits to win ABN Amro’s stockbroking arm Hoare Govett as a new client. Hoare Govett often uses Ashurst or Norton Rose, but Simmons partner Ed Lukins, who led the firm’s team advising Hoare Govett on the AIM float of Star Energy […]

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