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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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Edge Ellison hires IT guru

IT and telecoms specialist, Oscar Rowlands – who headed up Sabre’s legal department for Europe, Middle East and Africa – joins Edge as a partner. He will join the law firm’s nine-lawyer Technology Law Group whose clients include Dolphin Telecommunications, Mindshare Digital and Blue Wave Systems. Rowlands, who holds degrees in both law and computer […]

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Criminal courts face radical overhaul

Barristers who take too long cross-examining witnesses will be curbed, and Lord Irvine said he wants to move away from the “no blame culture” which exists between the CPS, police and defence lawyers. The sweeping review comes hot on the heels of a damning report from the National Audit Office which concluded that £85 million […]

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North-west firm Davies Wallis Foyster is boosting its banking and asset finance practice with the appointment of the head of group compliance and legal policy from the Bank of Scotland Group. Tony Bochenski joins as a partner in the firm’s Manchester office where his remit will include handling advisory and transactional work in the sector. […]

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