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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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Hackney legal head calls for action after Nike victory

Hackney Council has won £300,000 from sportswear giant Nike for copyright infringement after the sportswear giant admitted misusing Hackney’s logo. Hackney legal head Meic Sullivan-Gould said that the money would be spent on sports and leisure facilities and issued a rallying call to other councils. Sullivan-Gould declared: “I’m delighted that Hackney’s people have got some […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O) and Slaughter and May acted on the £351.4m sale of House of Fraser. The company agreed to be taken over by a consortium led by Baugur, marking the conclusion of a lengthy takeover war. The deal consolidates A&O’s relationship with Baugur, which it reclaimed in December 2004 after losing it to […]

Dispute resolution group opens in London

US dispute resolution group Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services is launching its first London operation with the arrival of the former general counsel of engineering giant Bechtel. Katherine Gurun, who was Bechtel’s group general counsel from 2001 to May 2006, will be based in London with the aim of hearing cases across Europe and into […]

Harassment Act allows for easier claims

City worker Helen Green was awarded damages of £852,000 last month for personal injury (PI) suffered at the hands of her former employer Deutsche Bank. Mr Justice Owen found that she had been the victim of a “deliberate and concerted campaign of bullying” by the bank’s staff, leading to a nervous breakdown and a major […]

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