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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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Freshfields’ restructuring head Shandro joins UCL

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s head of global restructuring and insolvency is set to leave the magic circle firm to take up the position of dean of the University College of London’s (UCL) law faculty. Sandy Shandro is set to leave the magic circle firm on 1 September, to take up the five-year role as dean of […]

US firms’ revenue growth trend continues unabated

Several more US firms have released their financial results for 2006, adding to the general picture of modest growth painted by the dozen or so that announced their performance last week (12 February). While all of the firms experienced growth, on the whole most of the increases have been less than 10 per cent on […]

Wragges spreads its wings with Hong Kong, Guangzhou launches

Wragge & Co is set to launch in Hong Kong within the month, giving the firm its first presence outside Europe. As first reported by The Lawyer (13 November 2006), Wragges is set to open in Hong Kong and Guangzhou with German ally Graf von Westphalen. Wragges managing partner Quentin Poole told The Lawyer: “I […]

Group lobbies for EU French language use

A high-profile Francophile lobby group is pressing for the French language to have precedence in any translation dispute regarding European law. The Committee for the Language of European Law, supported by ex-Romanian prime minister Adrian Nastase and Polish member of European Parliament (MEP) Bronislaw Geremek, wants French versions of EU law used when there are […]

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