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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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Bright relocation heralds expansion drive

Plymouth firm Bright, which launched in September last year, has taken new, larger premises at the Tamar Science Park in the city to house new recruits. Recent hires include commercial property lawyer Tomasz Dukanovich, who joins the firm from Bristol-based Ashfords, where he was an assistant. Bright director Andy Price said: “[Dukanovich] joins us at […]

Optical delusion

Last week Tulkinghorn pondered on the diversity policy of Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson and the firm’s non-discriminatory policy towards “mental status”, as revealed in its submission for The Lawyer Career Report 2007 (‘You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here…’, 5 March). The firm’s HR team has since been in touch. “The word was ‘marital’,” […]

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Scrutinising the bar’s networking methods and demanding they be changed is missing the point of how the legal world operates, say David Grief, Declan Redmond and Paul Shrubsall

EMI global restructure to include legal overhaul

EMI’s legal function is facing an overhaul as the company launches a worldwide restructure of its business at a time when it is the subject of a takeover approach from rival Warner Music. EMI general counsel Chris Ancliff said the legal function would “play its part” in the restructure, at the same time as undergoing […]

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