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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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Dorsey tax team splinters as DLA Piper pounces

Dorsey & Whitney has lost its second tax expert within a week with barrister Leslie Allen heading to DLA Piper. Last week (12 November) The Lawyer reported that Berwin Leighton Paisner hired Dorsey tax partner Liesl Fichardt to develop its contentious and international group within the tax department. The previous week (The Lawyer, 8 November) […]

Beachcroft technology head quits for Eversheds

Beachcroft has lost its head of technology Nick Holland to rival firm Eversheds. Holland, who will join Eversheds as a partner in January, has quit Beachcroft to take advantage of Eversheds’ wider European offering. Eversheds head of technology Rex Parry said: “Nick advises suppliers of IT kit and his business is pan-European. He aims to […]

Cotty Vivant launches in Singapore after DS Avocats raid

French independent firm Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has launched an office in Singapore, scooping partner Philippe Taverne from DS Avocats. Taverne will head up Cotty Vivant’s five-lawyer office in Singapore, becoming the firm’s tenth partner. He was head of the Singapore branch of DS Avocats from 2003, and before that was an associate at […]

Green rooms

The latest development in the property market is the inevitable arrival of ‘green leases’ between landlords and tenants. By Alison Murrin Ever-increasing EU legislation requiring member states to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the fact that buildings are viewed as a prime target for achieving these reductions means both building owners and occupiers are becoming […]

Bar braced for key report on access and diversity

Lord Neuberger’s ‘Entry to the Bar’ working party will publish its final report tomorrow (27 November), with 57 recommendations to “level the playing field within the profession”, according to Neuberger. The report, which looks at the bar’s access and training, is expected to be broadly consistent with the working party’s interim report, which was published […]

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