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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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Success fees set to soar

Lawyers can expect a massive hike in success fees as a result of government plans to include them in the costs paid by losing defendants, according to leading personal injury lawyer Martyn Day. Speaking at the first Institute of Barristers’ Clerks conference, held on 18 July, Day predicted the reform, which seems likely to be […]

Property

Gill McGreevy of DJ Freeman advised the Resolution Group in its £18m acquisition of four industrial estates from Lodestone Properties, advised by Robert Muir of Watson Farley & Williams.

Financing

John Forrester (right) and Ian Gaunt of Sinclair Roche & Temperley advised a group of lenders including lead arranger the Chase Manhattan Bank in a $425m financing facility for Stena Line

In brief: Shandwick PR scoops Bar Council contract

Shandwick Public Affairs has been awarded the Bar Council’s £200,000 a year PR contract, beating off competition from three rival bids including one from Westminster Strategy which has held the contract for the past nine years. Jon McLeod, who heads the Shandwick team, said it offered “no quick fix, but we are serious about rebuilding […]

Appeal against break clauses

A High Court ruling that notices given under break clauses in respect of two leased properties in Northampton were valid, is to be challenged in the Court of Appeal. The case will centre on the status of successors to tenants when it comes to using break clauses. In May last year, Mr Justice Rattee ruled […]

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