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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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The NSPCC’s Barbara Esam’s remit of fighting for youngsters who fall foul of the law has helped keep her in the UK for twenty seven years longer than intended. Brendan Malkin reports Barbara Esam’s role is not that of your average in-house lawyer. She would feature just as well in ‘campaigning people’ stories in The […]

Picking up the pieces

Enronitis has defined new frontiers of professional and corporate governance, says John Powell QC Enronitis is the epitome of colossal failure of corporate governance and the consequences that follow. WorldCom is one of the latest to exhibit the disease, and there are more collapses to come. Investment banks, analysts, accountants and others who are perceived […]

Dewey loses NY team to Stroock

Dewey Ballantine has lost an eight-lawyer insolvency and restructuring team to Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York Partner Michael Sage led the exodus, which includes Gerald Bender and Mark Palmer, who have joined as partners, and five associates. Sage has become co-chair of Stroock’s insolvency and restructuring practice.Stroock managing partner Thomas Heftler said: […]

UK law cleaned up by soap

As most of you will be aware, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) last week issued a historic judgment in the case of Goodwin & I v UK. After almost 50 years of case judgments in the UK and the ECHR that have failed to protect transsexual people’s rights, the ECHR last week ruled […]

Strategic weapons in risk management

Can or should strategic litigation such as Cave v Robinson Jarvis & Rolf help to manage the legal profession’s risk? The recent, much publicised House of Lords decision in Cave (The Lawyer, 29 April) restored the position on limitation periods, to the relief of solicitors and their insurers all round. On another level, the case […]

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