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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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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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Callery v Gray appeal dismissed by Lords

The House of Lords has dismissed an appeal by defence counsel Beachcroft Wansbroughs in Callery v Gray by a majority of four to one.The decision not to revoke earlier judgments on conditional fee agreement success fees and after-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums has been heralded by Beachcrofts’ opposition, The Lawyer’s Litigation Team of the Year Amelans, […]

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Former name partner of Burton Copeland found guilty by OSS of misleading client Nigel Copeland, a founding partner of leading niche fraud firm Burton Copeland, has been struck off after misleading a client.Copeland, described by his former firm’s partners as the “Mr Licensing of Manchester” because of his decades of experience in this field, has […]

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Trowers draws Poole from Hammonds for corporate

Trowers & Hamlins has hired Hammond Suddards Edge corporate partner Tony Poole as it continues to grow its corporate department.Staff numbers in the corporate department have increased by 25 per cent in the last 12 months, and corporate work now represents 25-30 per cent of the firm’s revenue.“Over the last few years our corporate group […]

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