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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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Linklaters and Lovells are going head-to-head as BP starts its Swedish ­arbitration proceedings against Russian consortium Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR), which is in a lucrative joint venture with the energy giant. BP’s legal team alleges that the TNK-BP joint ­venture’s legal framework has been violated by AAR – a consortium made up of Russian billionaires Mikhail Fridman, […]

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Heads in the sand

Claims that the insurance industry can somehow sidestep the meltdown of the US financial market are wide of the mark, say Linda Dakin-Grimm and Patty Quilizapa The US credit market crisis is far from over, as the events of early July have demonstrated. California-based mortgage lender IndyMac Bank failed and the FBI has announced a […]

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Lords uphold SFO appeal against BAE bribe ruling

The Law Lords have upheld an appeal by the Serious Fraud Office against a High Court ruling that it acted unlawfully in terminating a probe into a BAE Systems arms deal. The Law Lords have upheld an appeal from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) against the High Court’s ruling that it acted unlawfully in terminating […]

DAC on the hunt for another merger

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has vowed to push its turnover through the £40m barrier by the end of this financial year as it scouts for another merger following its deal with KSB Law earlier this year. DAC ;senior ;partner Danny Gowan said the first two months of the current financial year were better than the […]

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