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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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Baker Botts has secured its place as a key adviser to BP following the appointment of name partner James Baker to lead a US safety advisory committee to the oil giant. Baker is heading an independent 11-member panel that will investigate safety management systems nationwide at BP Products North America, the subsidiary responsible for BP’s […]

New senior partner at Blake Lapthorn as PEP rockets 40 per cent

South East firm Blake Lapthorn Linnell has elected Jonathan Lloyd-Jones as its new senior partner as its reports a 40 per cent rise in profit per equity partner Lloyd-Jones took over from Carey Blake on 3 December and will hold the position for three years. Max Craft, head of employment, also stood in the election […]

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Ashurst had reason to celebrate after the Competition Commission cleared the way for National Express Group (NEG) to bid for the Thameslink/Great Northern (TGN) rail franchise.

Simmons extends life of split capital investments

Simmons & Simmons has brought a new level of innovation into the organisation of split capital investment trusts with a new type of reconstruction. The firm advised longstanding client Jupiter on a ‘continuation’ reconstruction of its split capital investment trust Jupiter Dividend & Growth Trust, eschewing the more typical ‘rollover’ type of reorganisation. Split capital […]

Confusion continues as FRS5 tax burden is spread

Many law firms were celebrating this morning after the chancellor, Gordon Brown, relaxed the rules relating to a major tax uplift in his pre-Budget statement. However, the position of larger or more profitable firms was still unclear. The additional tax liability had been created by changes to the way professional partnerships account for revenue and […]

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