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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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SLS expands into eastern Europe

Studio Legale Sutti (SLS) has announced major plans for expansion into eastern Europe. Talks have begun in the former eastern bloc countries and the firm expects to make an announcement at the end of the year. The Italian firm is considering establishing its own satellite offices in Sofia, Prague, Bucharest and possibly Tirana. Lawyers taken […]

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Historian and author David Irving (right) will himself become the subject of history books after losing his High Court libel action this week over claims that he was a holocaust denier. Mr Justice Gray ruled that Irving was anti-Semitic and racist. Irving, who wrote Hitler’s War, could now face defence costs of £2m. Professor Deborah […]

Fried Frank cuts tie with Simmons to set up alone

US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is setting up a UK law practice in London after backing out of its capital markets joint venture with Simmons & Simmons. The two firms set up a joint international securities practice in 1997 working out of Simmons’ offices in London and using a combination of English […]

Third-party insurance in cyberspace

Internet service providers must perform a tricky balancing act to avoid falling foul of the law, writes Suzanne Garben. Suzanne Garben is a partner in the media litigation department at Denton Wilde Sapte. As the first libel case involving a UK-based internet service provider (ISP), Lawrence Godfrey’s action against Demon Internet has sparked a wave […]

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