Attorney General: Lord Goldsmith: For the defence

He’s put BAE Systems behind him, but the former Attorney-General Lord Goldsmith’s new role with Debevoise & Plimpton finds him contemplating a return to the courtroom

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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 […]

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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

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Legislative changes affecting socio-economics in the South West

The past decade has seen the implementation of a number of legislative changes which have significantly altered socio-economics within the English countryside. Here Robin Beckley at south-west law firm Rickerbys, looks at the challenges faced by solicitors practicing in this field and highlights the importance of understanding the culture of the countryside and the changing […]

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When Tulkinghorn thinks of Travers Smith he imagines lawyers in their offices and meeting rooms poring over documents and doing deals. It is not an image that gets his blood pumping. But Tulkinghorn admits he may have to revise this opinion after one of his moles filled him in about the exciting James Bond-style backgrounds […]

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