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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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Clifford Chance’s Italian operation is facing another period of upheaval as a third of its Rome office prepares to leave. Corporate experts Gian Luca Rabitti and Paolo Tommaso are understood to be in advanced talks with Chiomenti Studio Legale. However, at the time of going to press, no formal resignations had been tendered. A Clifford […]

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The President of the Law Society will warn today that solicitors face “the most far-reaching reform of the profession in decades”. Speaking at the Law Society annual conference, Edward Nally will say that: “The Law Society Council has mapped out a vision,” for reformation of the way the profession is governed and represented. The changes, […]

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Ashurst landed pole position on the hotly contested auction of Saga, the financial services and travel provider for the over 50s, by advising competing consortia. The City firm advised both Bank of Scotland and Lehman Brothers, which are providing financing to Platinum 400, the winning acquisition vehicle of the management team, which is supported by […]

Govt puts diversity drive into gear

The government last week announced a new consultation designed to increase diversity within the judiciary. Launched by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer and the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, the consultation has been welcomed by the Law Society and the Bar Council. Proposals include reforming the appointments process for judges to encourage diversity and allowing […]

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