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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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Boost for foreign firms as Bulgaria’s Bar Act brings legal market in line with EU rules

International firms practising in Bulgaria are celebrating after the country’s government amended its bar rules to accept foreign firms. On 9 June the Bulgarian government made the first of two readings of amendments to its Bar Act that will bring it in line with European Union rules. The first reading enables international firms to practise […]

Herbies posts modest rises in turnover and PEP

Herbert Smith has posted small increases in turnover, profit and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2009-10 financial year. Turnover rose by 1.3 per cent to £449.9m, up from £444m in 2008-09, while PEP rose 2 per cent from £845,000 to £862,000. After posting a disappointing 21 per cent drop in profits in […]

RBS litigation head takes on Virgin Money general counsel role

RBS’s litigation chief Stephen Pearson is leaving the bank to take on the newly created general counsel position at Virgin Money. Pearson, who is in his final week as general counsel, special services and litigation at RBS, takes up his new role in August. At Virgin Money he will report to chief executive Jayne-Anne Gadhia, […]

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