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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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St Philips Chambers is going international. But its great Birmingham rival down at 5 Fountain Court need not fear the globalisation of the St Philips brand just yet. In an Ashes season, this venture is all about cricket. Junior tenant Ed Williams (pictured) is teaming up with Allen & Overy associates Chris Kangis and Andy […]

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The Equitable Life trial grew more complicated last week as Equitable’s legal team decided against amending its claim for a sixth time, instead deciding to pursue the majority of the £2.6bn action. Last Monday (27 June) Equitable’s counsel, 20 Essex Street head Iain Milligan QC, dropped an application for amendment. The society has already amended […]

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Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr is celebrating after securing the return of former partner and former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) director of enforcement Stephen Cutler. Cutler is returning to his old firm after leaving the SEC in May to return to private practice. He will co-chair Wilmer Cutler ‘s securities department based in […]

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