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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 […]

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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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Court of Appeal to decide the fate of unqualified assistants

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Stephenson Harwood’s intellectual property team has won the contract to manage the BBC’s lucrative trademark portfolio. Tibor Jones, head of the intellectual property group, says the BBC uses its brand to merchandise its best known programmes, which reaps the corporation £75m a year. Field Fisher Waterhouse is believed to be one of the firms that […]

Keeping beer prices down

Court of Appeal judgment is now pending in a legal battle aimed at reducing the price of beer. One of the country’s best known and oldest breweries, Kent-based Shepherd Neame, has appealed against High Court rulings upholding two budget increases of a penny per pint on beer. Shepherd Neame claims the increases are unlawful or […]

Cozens plans insurance law shake-up

US firm Cozen & O’Connor, which has opened in London last week, is planning to open up the little-used practice of sub- rogation in the UK. In the US, around 60 per cent of the firm’s work is in subrogation – cases where insurance companies sue a third party to recover the cost of a […]

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