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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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Ashurst chief Bromwich to step down six months early

Ashurst managing partner Simon Bromwich is set to stand down in May and will take over the role of head of litigation. Bromwich, who has held the position of managing partner since 2004, will step down from the role at the end of the current financial year, six months before the end of his third […]

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Julian Assange in the Supreme Court

Julian Assange today takes his argument against extradition to Sweden to the UK Supreme Court. The hearing is due to finish tomorrow – it’s not clear yet when the Court is likely to publish its judgment, says Carl Gardner. There’s one question only being argued before the Supreme Court: whether the Swedish prosecutor is a […]

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Volume firm Silverbeck steps boldly into the new LSA world

Quindell’s acquisition of Silverbeck Rymer shows adaptability of PI legal sector Once the Legal Services Act had passed it was only a matter of time before a volume firm was eaten up by a listed financial beast. A stock market announcement last week proclaiming that Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer is to be acquired by AIM-listed […]

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The Portuguese government is set to privatise the country’s remaining crown jewels, providing work for lawyers in a tough year This time last year Portuguese lawyers were bracing themselves for turmoil, and turmoil duly arrived, with the country one of the hardest-hit jurisdictions in the ongoing eurozone crisis. The Portuguese economy is expected to contract […]

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Addleshaws seals victory for Standard Life in £100m insurance dispute

Addleshaw Goddard has won a £100m High Court dispute for Standard Life in a professional indemnity insurance dispute with its insurers Ace European Group. It is understood that the win will bring a bumper payday for Addleshaws, which represented the claimant on a conditional fee agreement (CFA). The firm said it would look to recover […]

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