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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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Drug trafficking, commercial fraud, white-collar crime these are murky areas of the law in which forensic accountants increasingly find themselves acting as expert witnesses. With a worldwide drug trade worth more than $500bn a year, the profit generated by criminals from this one activity is greater than the domestic product of many nation states. The […]

Litigation Writs 25/11/97

The company that owns a fishing trawler whose equipment became entangled with a North Sea oil pipeline is being sued for damages of more than £117,000. The writ claims that the Maggie M’s trawling gear snagged on the pipeline in the North Sea early on 29 April 1992, that the crew spent more than three […]

Bruckhaus merges with Austrian firm

BARCLAYS Bank Trust Company has selected a panel of three firms to conduct its legal work in place of more than a hundred individual firms. Reading firm Field Seymour Parkes, Birmingham’s Edge & Ellison, and George Davies & Co of Manchester have been chosen to handle Barclay’s non-contentious probate, wills and conveyancing work for the […]

Deloittes legal audit partner to quit

Deloitte & Touche’s head of professional practices, William Barnes, who specialises in auditing law firms, is to leave next spring without a new job to go to. Barnes, who is 42 and has been a Deloittes audit partner for 10 years, said that he had only ever wanted to be in audit for “a certain […]

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