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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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London commercial practice Stones Porter has been swallowed up by Edge & Ellison, making it the fifth small to medium-sized commercial firm to disappear in as many months. Under the deal with Edges, six of Stones Porter’s nine partners, including senior partner Hugh Edmunds, will bring their property and banking practice to the firm’s London […]

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Management buy-out activity for the third quarter is down 16 per cent compared with last year and is expected to fall further in the fourth, as the difference between vendors’ and investors’ price expectations widen. The Centre for Management Buy-out Research has found that 255 transactions were completed between July and September with a gross […]

Legal aid Bar losing ground

The financial gulf between legal aid and commercial barristers dramatically widened in 1997-98, according to a survey of London chambers released last week by accountants BDO Stoy Hayward. Despite overall growth of 7 per cent across the Bar as a whole, the survey shows total receipts for crime and family practitioners fell by around 5 […]

In brief: Trade union legislation not feared by bosses

British bosses do not regard the Government’s proposed legislation on trade union recognition as a threat, an Osborne Clarke-commissioned MORI survey has found. Seventy per cent of 140 directors and senior managers in facilities management, financial services and transport businesses rated highly their unions’ ability to see management’s point of view.

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