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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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UK barrister claims two solicitors lied in affidavits

AN ENGLISH barrister who is suing US corporation Exxon in a Florida court has accused two UK City solicitors of lying in affidavits they submitted to it. Barrister Michael Ford makes the allegation – against Guy Hardaker, from Holman Fenwick & Willan, and Patrick Sherrington, at Lovell White Durrant – in a motion filed in […]

Loeff Claeys Verbeke opens in London

Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke plans to open a London office by 1 September. Sietze Hepkema, the firm’s spokesperson, said the office, to be based in the City and staffed by two partners and four associates, would be “independent” of six-year alliance partner Allen & Overy. But Hepkema said there were no plans for the […]

In brief: Hardwick & Company and Stallards merge

City corporate finance niche firms Hardwick & Company and Stallards are merging to form 11-partner Hardwick Stallards. Stallards, which has a representative shipping office in Barbados, is moving from its premises in Chiswell Street to Hardwick’s new offices in Jewry Street, EC3. Managing partner of the merged firm Simon Hardwick said the firm’s specialism in […]

Accountancy firms face prosecution in Portugal

Portugal’s attorney general, Cunha Rodrigues, is deciding whether to prosecute Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand over allegations that they advised on Portuguese law. Dr Soares Machado, president of the Lisbon Bar Association, said that the Bar had lodged a complaint against all three with Rodrigues. Two years ago, he said, Ernst […]

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