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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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Writing the wrong

The Government has identified a multitude of criminal acts as fraudulent. What is lacking is the definition of a general offence of fraud. By Gerallt Owen Currently there is no statutory offence of fraud in the UK. In 1984, the Roskill Report recommended the formation of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The report regrettably did […]

Baker & McKenzie suffers exodus of six German partners to US firms

Baker & McKenzie’s (B&M) German practice has lost six t partners to US rivals, including finance head Rainer Magold. According to Germany’s Juve magazine, rated acquisition finance lawyer Magold and rising banking star Christina Ungeheuer have joined Milbank Tweed Hadley & McLoy, for which they will open a Frankfurt office. Milbank opened its first German […]

DaimlerChrysler shuns City

Motor giant’s legal chief blasts City service; Herbert Smith, Richards Butler dumped for regional firms DaimlerChrysler UK (DCUK) has turned its back on the City following a sweeping review of its external advisers. Following a lengthy tender process, DCUK has sidelined Herbert Smith and Richards Butler, which historically advised it on litigation and competition law, […]

Bircham Dyson Bell reinvents itself as a PR firm

Bircham Dyson Bell is no longer just a law firm – it is also a public relations agency. Not content with developing a reputation for planning and parliamentary legal advice, the firm has taken the surprise decision to offer clients communications and public affairs advice. In a coup for the new service, Birchams has secured […]

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