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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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Litigation firms to discuss tactics for tax reforms fight

LARGE litigation firms waging a campaign against proposed changes to the taxation of professional businesses will meet in private this week to draw up a plan of action. The firms aim to lobby the Inland Revenue over its plan to tax professional partnerships on work as it is done, rather than when payments are received. […]

In brief: Nabarros tax ace joins Beachcroft Stanleys

Leading tax lawyer Christopher Cox joined City firm Beachcroft Stanleys last month as a partner from Nabarro Nathanson, where he was also a partner. Cox will head a new commercial tax practice at Beachcrofts. Cox said the merger talks between Beachcrofts, Bristol-based Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave and Manchester’s Vaudreys had not been a ‘major factor’ in […]

In brief: Bircham & Co boosts private client unit

Westminster firm Bircham & Co has beefed up its private client department with the recruitment of three lawyers from City firms. Peter Davies and his assistant Robert Moore have defected from Nabarro Nathanson’s Reading office. Davies joins as a consultant. Judith Morris also arrives as a consultant after 20 years at Freshfields.

In brief: NYC Brown & Wood partners to work in UK

Two New York-based Brown & Wood partners, Cathy Kaplan and RJ Ruble are to share their time with the firm’s London office in a move to support the firm’s expanding international securitisation practice.

Solicitor attacks duty rota reforms

SUSSEX criminal lawyer Alexander McCulloch has attacked as ‘monopolistic’ and ‘anti-competitive’ the recent changes to the duty solicitor scheme, which he claims prevent him from practising law in the area he chooses. The controversy surrounds ‘reverse linking’, by which a solicitor can only do police station work if he or she is eligible for work […]

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