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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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South-east firms win council contract

South-east law firms Thomas Eggar Church Adams and Cripps Harries Hall have beaten off rivals to advise Brighton & Hove Council on commercial property work. The council has a commercial property portfolio which brings in £8m per year in rent and has over 10,000 acres of farmland. It says the volume of work has increased […]

Scuffle of the week

George Carman QC (left) v Neil Hamilton (right). The former Tory minister was well and truly tied in knots by the celebrated libel lawyer representing Mohamed Al Fayed. During Carman’s cross examination, Hamilton was forced to admit that he was never likely to have been a front-bench spokesman, effectively dropping one of his claims for […]

Rakisons senior partner stung for libel damages

The libel action was brought by David Pooley against Wollenberg and City Index Ltd over allegations made by Wollenberg in 1993 when he and Pooley both worked at the index futures dealing company. Wollenberg – City Index’s Chairman at the time – told Mishcon de Reya lawyer, Simon Gallant that Pooley – City Index’s former […]

Wilde Sapte's Hong Kong practice faces collapse

Wilde Sapte’s Hong Kong office is collapsing following the departure of two partners and the bulk of its fee-earners. US firm Brown & Wood has poached the head of Wilde Sapte’s international banking and finance practice Balbir Bindra along with three associates and one consultant. Equity partner Bindra, who established the banking and finance group […]

Talk of focus is just tunnel vision

Focus. For those of us of a certain age this may well bring back memories of a certain Dutch rock band from the early 1970s. However, in more recent years it is a word applied to law firms in enough articles and consultants reports to make a significant dent in the Amazonian rainforests. To survive, […]

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