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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 […]

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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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Law Society ballot bars the door to non-lawyers

Postal voters have rejected the Law Society’s plans to include non-lawyers as fee-paying society members. Around 17,500 valid postal votes were cast, with 40.5 per cent in favour of the changes and 59.5 per cent against. More than 138,000 papers were distributed to members, but only 12.8 per cent of these were cast as votes. […]

Moves roundup: 10 November 2008

Eloise Walker has this month joined the London office of Pinsent Masons as a tax partner. She leaves ­Linklaters, where she was a senior associate, to take up the role. Walker said: ­“Linklaters specialised in ­corporate tax, but I wanted to do more asset finance and funds work. I just fancied a bit of a […]

Ashurst, Milbank, Slaughters land roles on Porterbrook sale

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Glass half empty? Half year results

Given the current market turmoil, reasonable half-year results are allowing many managing partners to breathe a sigh of relief – but some might be hiding bad news. It has been a tough year in the business world and for law firms that is translating into a mixed bag of half-year financial results. A year ago […]

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