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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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Tailor-made package hits Law Society quality mark

Helen Sage reports EIS Prestige has designed a Volenti quality assurance package that will comply with both the quality recommendations of the Law Society and the Legal Aid Board’s franchise requirements. The system, which is customised by EIS Prestige to meet individual practice procedures, will supply ongoing support and marketing back-up to ensure quality assured […]

White & Case sets up in Johannesburg

NEW York international firm White & Case is opening its 28th office, relocating Paris partner Ronald Goodman to Johannesburg to head up the operation. Goodman and other White & Case staff are currently in South Africa looking for suitable premises, and chair of the firm’s executive committee James Hurlock says the office will open as […]

Chicago gets ready for ABA invasion

LAWYERS from across the globe are jetting their way to Chicago this week, as the city moves up a gear for the annual meeting of the American Bar Association. Delegates are expected to take over Downtown Chicago and North Michigan Avenue as more than 12,500 lawyers and another 8,000 attendees take part in the week-long […]

Slaughters stays top of M&A stakes thanks to Glaxo deal

THE RECOVERING mergers and acquisitions (M&A) business is keeping Slaughter and May at the top of the Acquisitions Monthly deals list for firms acting for both companies and financial advisers. The figures, due to be published next month, show that the firm has advised on 12 deals worth a total of £12.7 billion. Freshfields, Herbert […]

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