Hard lessons of the UK-US marriage

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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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City firms continue to scoop millions of pounds in fees from infrastructure contracts award-ed to consortia for projects in countries as far flung as India and Peru. International project finance has been booming for several years, although some partners report a levelling off of activity in recent months. But criticism of the the UK’s private […]

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Colchester man Matthew Quinn has launched a High Court compensation claim in which he is suing Essex police for damages for alleged assault and battery. Quinn seeks damages, including aggravated and exemplary damages, for alleged assault, battery, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. His writ says the claim is a due to police actions on and […]

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City firm Freshfields has recruited senior US lawyer Kent Rowey to its international project finance unit in London in response to growing competition from rivals. US and UK firms have increasingly seen marketing in-house American and British legal expertise as a way of attracting clients. Freshfields partner Simon Hall said: “Having both a British and […]

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A sacked Royal Navy nurse is heading for the European Court of Justice with a test case aimed at outlawing the UK’s blanket ban on gay service personnel. Mr Justice Sedley ruled there is at least an “arguable” case that the sacking of 27-year-old Terence Perkins, contravened European law provisions of equal treatment and gave […]

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