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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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Repeal section 41 (4) of the Proceeds of Crime Act to level the playing field and ease pressure on the public purse Readers of the London Evening Standard will be familiar with the paper’s much-trumpeted campaign for changes to the criminal justice system, to “stop the Mr Bigs from milking legal aid”. The route to […]

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CMS lockstep rejig sees shorter track to equity and tighter management

CMS Cameron McKenna is set to introduce a revamped partner remuneration system that will see junior partners make equity faster but be put under a higher level of scrutiny once they start moving up the lockstep. The firm is scrapping its ranks of roughly 65 salaried partners and making them fixed-share partners, know as gateway […]

Walker Morris advises Hargreaves Services on its proposed £42m placing

Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Hargreaves Services, which specialises in solid fuel supply and bulk material logistics, on its proposed £42m placing. The placing has been conducted through an accelerated bookbuilding process carried out by N 1 Singer Advisory and Jefferies International, as joint bookrunners and brokers. Hargreaves has revealed that the funds […]

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Mills & Reeve and George Davies gear up for merger vote

Mills & Reeve and Manchester firm George Davies are to vote on a potential merger within the next few weeks after both firms confirmed that they were in talks . The Lawyer revealed in February that the firms were exploring a merger (8 February 2013), and now both are planning to present the business case […]

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Law firms cannot be held liable for disbursement costs, rules CoA

Firms cannot automatically be held liable for costs when they have funded a claimant’s disbursements in a failed claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The decision, handed down by Lord Justices Mummery, Richards and Leveson yesterday, will come as a relief to claimant firms but a blow to the appellant who may now face […]

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