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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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DLA brings in two partners to boost Singapore office

National firm DLA is strengthening its position in the Asia Pacific region with the appointment of two partners to its Singapore office. Shipping and insurance partner Peter Shelford will join from Clyde & Co in Hong Kong and corporate and commercial partner Keith Handley will join from the Singapore office of Coudert Brothers. Both partners […]

Terror at 20,000 feet

Tulkinghorn is well aware that banking partners in the City are not always the gentlest of people, but he was nevertheless shocked to hear of the pure terror one Rowe & Maw partner could inflict. The said partner was taking on a new au pair to look after his young clan and his wife kindly […]

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Like all managers, most notably football managers, HR managers are prone to use the odd cliché. For every football manager who revels in “a game of two halves”, an HR manager somewhere is speaking with apparent sincerity about how “people are the firm’s most important asset”. Despite the collective cringe that follows this pronouncement, many […]

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Last month saw the arrival of new EU divorce rules – Brussels 2 – which, according to many lawyers, could end up promoting break-ups rather than reconciliation. The new law sets out the basis for the jurisdiction in which a divorce will take place. According to Withers family law partner Mark Harper, the main principal […]

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