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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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Halliwells reorganises its finances

Halliwells is “reorganising its borrowings” following its move into new headquarters in Manchester. In response to enquiries concerning the firm’s financial situation, a Halliwells spokesperson said: “The firm had always intended to reorganise its financial structure once all aspects of the move to Spinningfields [the Manchester headquarters] had been completed. However, the firm refused to […]

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Beresford to face tribunal over miners’ claims

Jim Beresford of Beresfords Solicitors, will face the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in relation to his firm’s handling of coal miners’ compensation claims. The UK’s richest lawyer, Jim Beresford of Doncaster-based Beresfords Solicitors, is to go in front of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) next month in relation to his firm’s handling of coal miners’ […]

Thelen Reid to dissolve by December

The partnership council of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner, Pinsents Masons’ former US alliance firm, has confirmed that it is recommending the dissolution of the firm. It is expected Thelen will close its doors for the last time on 1 December this year. The US firm’s partnership council recommended a vote for dissolution today […]

Big Brother producer hires ITV man as legal head

Big Brother producer Endemol has hired ITV’s group director of legal and regulatory compliance as global head of legal. Andy Griffiths, who has spent eight years as ITV’s compliance chief, will join Endemol at the start of 2009. He will oversee legal advice on all corporate matters including IP licensing and M&A, reporting to chief […]

Tightening the reins

Research by Eversheds suggests that, while the credit crunch has seen facility terms become more lender-friendly, the shift is not as drastic as some have claimed. By David Boyd and Nicholas Joyce Market conditions have changed since the onset of the credit crunch, resulting in a widely reported shift in the ­balance of power when […]

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