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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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This week

Scottish lawyers will challenge the judicial independence of Scotland’s129 temporary sheriffs at Linlithgow Sheriff Court. The argument is thattemporary sheriffs depend directly on the Lord Advocate – the senior lawofficer in Scotland – for their one-year contracts and therefore fail thehuman rights test of a fair trial before an “independent and impartialtribunal” which is required […]

In brief: Coudert Brothers

Coudert Brothers is understood to be holding merger talks with leading Belgian law firm Coppens Van Ommeslaghe & Faures. Coppens lost itsinternational capability when the Punder group dissolved last year.US-based international firm Couderts has recently been linked to German lawfirm Schurmann & Partners.

Addleshaws shuts debt recovery unit

Co’sdefunct debt recovery department.Addleshaws announced the shutdown of its 85-strong debt recovery unit,part of the Recovery Management Group (RMG) on 22 July.Clients have been informed the firm will stop taking instructions from theend of August.Jones dismisses rumours the firm will sell the RMG and says staff will beoffered jobs in the firm.He says: “There are […]

White & Case hires Euro IP team

US firm White & Case has poached top IP lawyer David Llewelyn and keymembers of his team to set up its London IP practice.Llewelyn joins from Llewelyn Zietman, which he founded with Clive Zietmanfive years ago.He will effectively be head of IP for the whole of White & Case’s Europeannetwork, working with the telecoms, competition […]

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