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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 […]

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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

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