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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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Top city firms are attempting to branch out into remuneration advice by acquiring independent consultancies. Peter Brown, chairman of the consultancy Top Pay Research Group, which advises independent directors and companies on pay, said he had been approached by “a couple” of law firms to see whether his company would form a permanent alliance with […]

In brief: Linklaters gains Shanghai licence for office

Linklaters has been granted a licence for its so far unofficial Shanghai office. The firm’s Hong Kong partner Andrew Carmichael said: “Having a legitimate office on the ground is a great help during negotiations on deals. Clients know people are actually there and can officially do things.” The Chinese government’s granting of a further batch […]

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The International Bar Association is seeking nominations for its Bernard Simons Memorial Prize. The award was set up in 1995 to reward practising criminal lawyers for their efforts in advancing human rights. Lawyers can enter themselves or alternatively legal practitioners, Bar associations or other interested parties can present nominations. Entries close on 8 June. Nominations […]

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