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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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China Watch – A foreign lawyer’s view from the inside

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to participate as a judge in a legal English contest conducted by the Sinopec law department. On the surface, this was part training exercise and part game show, but there was a deeper objective, which became apparent quite quickly. Other judges included Allen & Overy Hong Kong […]

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Finers and Howard Kennedy draw up new merger timetable

The delayed merger between London firms Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) and Howard Kennedy will now go live on 1 February. Delays in the process have seen the original ambitious date of 1 November pass without any official announcement. FSI managing partner Paul Millett said the members’ agreement has been finalised this week and is being […]

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DLA Piper and Kingsley Napley advise as Coulson and Brooks face charges

DLA Piper and Kingsley Napley have been instructed again as Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks face criminal conspiracy charges over illegal payments to officials. The two senior News International figures were charged this morning with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. The Sun chief reporter John Kay and former News of the World […]

Government’s planned judicial review revamp ‘misses the point’

Government plans to overhaul the judicial review process to boost growth and unburden clogged-up courts have “missed the point”, according to public law lawyers. Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech to the Confederation of British Industry this morning, outlining how the Coalition plans to cut the three-month time limit for applications to prevent tactical […]

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