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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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North West test

Low costs per lawyer have helped North West firms boost their profits. Add to this a string of mergers and a new corporate focus and the South had better watch its back. By Joanne Harris Two years ago, Manchester celebrated a hugely successful Commonwealth Games, and law firms celebrated. Now it is Liverpool’s turn to […]

Pemberton Greenish lands Charles Russell’s commercial property chief

Niche real estate firm Pemberton Greenish has bolstered its commercial property practice by scooping the former head of Charles Russell’s commercial property team. Chris Edwards will join the firm as a partner on 1 November, working alongside John McGeough on the development of the Knightsbridge firm’s commercial property group. The senior partner at Pemberton Greenish Damien […]

Maples and Calder

In a story that appeared on www.thelawyer.com (27 September), under the headline ‘Mourant scoops Maples trio for expansion plan’, it was incorrectly stated that three lawyers leaving Maples and Calder were partners. In fact, the three are joining Mourant du Feu & Jeune as partners but were employed as associates at Maples. We are also […]

The trouble with Hammonds…

A decade after opening in London, Hammonds still hasn’t got it right. That’s not just The Lawyer’s, view, but the opinion of a group of influential Yorkshire partners who this summer made their concerns very, very clear to the firm’s management. But is the management listening? It can’t have been comfortable for Richard Burns, Chris Jones and […]

‘Special’ forces

Stockbroker Collins Stewart has set its Schillings ‘Rottweilers’ onto the FT, claiming £230m in lost future earnings. But is it just using scare tactics? By Jon Robins So you want to be a record-breaker? That is a rough précis of the legal argument deployed by Desmond Browne QC, acting for the Financial Times (FT) earlier […]

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