In brief: Four new partners at Palmer Wheeldon

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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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In brief: Rowe & Maw appoints managing partner

Rowe & Maw’s head of litigation and dispute resolution group, Andrew Carruthers, takes over from Richard Powles as managing partner on 1 May. Powles, who was managing partners for six years, will now head the firm’s private client department. A spokesman from the firm said it had followed a “growing trend” among major law firms […]

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Who reigns over the regions?

When it comes to acclaim for criminal barristers in the regions, Matheu Swallow finds that there is no north-south divide The provincial criminal Bar comes highly acclaimed from north to south, with solicitors praising the ability of many barristers to work as part of the team. Wales is said to be very fortunate in having […]

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Linklaters and Paisner & Co advised BL Universal on a £300m long-term debenture issue secured on selected properties in its portfolio. Freshfields advised lead manager SBC Warburg Dillon Read and debenture trustee Royal Exchange Trust Company.

Supermarket site scuffle

Mr Justice Jowitt has given leave for Carter Commercial Developments to seek review of the Secretary of State for the Environment’s decision not to call in for his determination an application by Safeway to Teesdale District Council for consent to build a supermarket. Carters are to build a supermarket nearby and argue that Safeway’s site […]

Lawyers are losing out in China talks, warn EU/US negotiations

Law firms in China are losing out to the Big Six accountancy firms in the fight to reduce restrictions on practising in China, according to negotiators from the EU and US. At meetings in Geneva earlier this month, the Chinese accepted US and EU demands that the accountants be able to offer a full range […]

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