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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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Lord Archer v Daily Star. The tabloid newspaper wants the novelist to repay the damages and costs he won following the 1987 libel action over allegations linking him to prostitute Monica Coghlan. Lord Archer’s solicitor Lord Mischon (pictured) sent a letter to the newspaper, saying: “Our client denies that he is in any way liable […]

Taking the stigma from bankruptcy

The Department of Trade and Industry is considering taking a leaf out of the US statute book and cutting the penalties imposed on bankrupts. Should going bust attract its traditional stigma? The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is seeking to reduce the stigma attached to bankruptcy by repealing laws which prevent insolvents from holding […]

Davis Polk targets EU bank clients

Slaughter and May’s “best friend” in the US Davis Polk & Wardwell is changing its international strategy to concentrate on its merchant bank clients. John McCarthy, head of Davis Polk’s international practice committee, says the change will include “an emphasis on private equity, because of the way the market is moving”. McCarthy moved to London […]

Thames Water takes on Debevoise for US drive

Debevoise & Plimpton is riding on the wave of UK utility companies investing in the US by advising Thames Water on its acquisition of New Jersey-based E’town. The UK’s largest water company has agreed to purchase US utility company E’town for £367.9m and will take on £206.7m of debt. It is the first deal that […]

Morgan Cole drops legal aid practice

Morgan Cole is hiving off its legal aid practice as it restructures to become more focused on corporate and commercial work. Based in Oxford, the legal aid department is setting up as an independent firm, led by the office’s principal partner Kirsten Smith. A statement issued by Morgan Cole’s chief executive says: “David Main confirms […]

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