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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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Ashurst’s German du nuts

One of the secrets of Ashurst‘s success in Germany is that everybody in the office calls each other ‘Du’, reckons Ashurst Germany managing partner Simon Beddow. ‘Du’ is the German informal address traditionally reserved for close friends or family, although in times of old one would use ‘Sie’, the formal address, even for one’s parents […]

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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The Supreme Court has tightened the guidelines over who can be held accountable in fraud cases. By Alexandra Shapiro and Robert Malionek The US Supreme Court recently took up two important issues in the area of securities litigation. In June, the court decided Tellabs v Makor Issues & Rights (2007), elaborating on the standard plaintiffs […]

New silk boosts 39 Essex St’s global reach

39 Essex Street has snared Adrian Hughes QC from 4 Pump Court to ramp up its international capabilities. Hughes, who took silk last year, is the latest in a string of hires as part of the chambers’ plan to become one of the biggest sets in London and provide ‘one-stop solutions’ for clients globally. He […]

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