Judgment Call: 10 June

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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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DLA Piper expands its Middle East litigation and arbitration team

DLA Piper has announced two appointments in its Middle East litigation and arbitration team to support an increased level of instructions, notably in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Chris Wilcock joins as legal director and Sharif Hamadeh as legal consultant, bringing significant experience of construction and infrastructure disputes and international arbitration to the team. […]

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DAC Beachcroft unveils new board, legacy senior partner Gowan to retire

DAC Beachcroft international senior partner Danny Gowan is to retire prompting a shakeup of the firm’s board. Insurance partner Nick Young will succeed Gowan on the board where he will be joined by three other new appointees, including Madrid managing partner Pablo Wesolowski, Dublin office head Katie da Gama and Leeds senior partner Virginia Clegg. […]

Database right: where have we got to?

The Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997 came into force on 1 January 1998, implementing the EU Database Directive. Since the regulations came into force, the courts have been asked on several occasions to clarify the scope of the new database right. This article considers those landmark decisions. Database right subsists in a database […]

Shoosmiths appoints Michael Briggs as an associate in its employment team

Michael Briggs has been appointed as an associate to Shoosmiths’ Nottingham-based employment team. He joins the law firm from Shakespeares LLP. Briggs advises a wide range of clients on all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment matters and day-to-day HR practices including: disciplinary and grievance processes; contracts of employment; senior level service agreements; contracts for […]

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