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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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With foreign bribery attracting the attention of the US authorities, in-house lawyers have to be on their toes to keep their companies safe from the long reach of US laws. By Matt Morley During the extradition hearings of the ‘NatWest Three’, the judge observed that it made no difference that the defendants were UK nationals, […]

DLA Piper wins lead role on controversial fraud GLO

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has fought off competition from McGrigors to be appointed as lead solicitor in a group litigation order (GLO) for a potential 150 companies claiming damages against the government that could run into millions. The companies are claiming for losses caused by Revenues & Customs, which has penalised them for their […]

The BlackBerry buriers

Earning pots of money is one thing, but how do you know when you’ve really arrived in the high-rollers’ club?Tulkinghorn is referring of course to status, something not easily measured by a scale as obtuse as the equity spread. Partners at Charles Russell have pioneered a new system of measurement – how your BlackBerry meets […]

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Tax barristers gatecrash the bar’s expanding £2m-a-year club

The superstars of the bar are continuing to command extraordinary fees, with 18 commercial and tax silks understood to have earned more than £2m last year. Research carried out by The Lawyer has revealed that the tax bar is leading the pack, with two QCs in each of the main tax sets in the exclusive […]

Unclear power

The future of nuclear power in the UK is a contentious issue and the recent Energy Review has done little to clarify things for lawyers, says Paul Ryan Over the past two years or so there has been a lot of talk about whether, and how, the UK would embark on a new round of […]

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