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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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New Jersey merger announced

Pitney Hardin’s management committee chairman says the 160-lawyer firm’s acquisition of the eight-lawyer practice is the first of a series of expansion plans being considered. The merger comes just months after reported merger discussions between Pitney Hardin and New York’s Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke were called off

Prosecutors may be able to appeal acquittals

Attorney General, Lord Williams QC has announced that the Government has asked the Law Commission to draw up plans to allow wider rights of appeal against adverse decisions of a judge. If accepted, the Government’s plans would give English and Welsh prosecutors a right of appeal if a defendant is acquitted by a jury on […]

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Further Scottish court chaos averted

In a 30 second hearing, senior Scottish judges ruled that decisions made by Scotland’s temporary sheriffs for the past 22 years were not invalid. The court pledged to provide reasons for its decision later. It was claimed in the case that the use of temporary sheriffs contravened the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971, which allows […]

Clifford Chance faces £54m suit over China deal

Southern Energy (Shajiao C) Ltd, a global energy provider and its subsidiary Consolidated Electric Power Asia, are among the five-strong consortium suing the law firm for the alleged breach of the 1991 contract. Clifford Chance, which has built up a prosperous practice in Hong Kong with 130 lawyers advising Chinese companies, grossed more than £440 […]

Swedish firm drops Cameron McKenna to join Ernst & Young

The merger between CMS Tisell and Ernst & Young Sweden AB will result in a 160-lawyer practice – one of the biggest legal practices in Sweden. Thirteen partners and around 20 staff will join E&Y from 1 January 2000. Its principal offices will be in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmoe, Vaxjo, Karlstad and Uppsala. In line with […]

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