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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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SJ Berwin boosts tax group with Revenue commissioner

SJ Berwin has bolstered its tax practice with the appointment of a special commissioner who was recently involved in a landmark hearing regarding the taxation of family-run businesses. Taxation specialist Judith Powell joins SJ Berwin on 1 November as a partner in the private client services team. Her assistant Bernadette O’Reilly will also join the […]

Appeal Court video link-up set to save millions

The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and the Home Office are in discussions over plans to install a video link in the Court of Appeal which could save the taxpayer millions. In a pilot exercise last week, the Court of Appeal heard three cases via video link for the first time, with the appellants in […]

Deacons and White & Case settle dispute

Deacons has settled the longstanding litigation against White & Case and the firm’s former partners Mark Fairbairn and Edward Cairns just two weeks before the appeal hearing was due to start. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews (27 October, 2003), the Hong Kong High Court ruled that White & Case behaved illegally when hiring a rated […]

Gold unveils new management structure at Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith’s senior partner elect David Gold has unveiled the new management structure he is hoping to install when he takes office next April. The radical restructure is expected to result in the creation of a role akin to that of a managing partner. Gold said that he is going to identify a partner to […]

Taylor Wessing Frankfurt raids Freshfields for new real estate partner

Taylor Wessing has recruited a new partner to its Frankfurt real estate practice. Reinhard Bartholomäi will join the real estate and real estate finance group within Taylor Wessing’s Frankfurt office on 1 November. He was previously a senior associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Bartholomäi specialises in real estate management, including corporate real estate advice and […]

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