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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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European ruling

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Sema steals Siemens' legal aide

Sema has raided rival IT giant Siemens in its search for a UK head of legal. Legal adviser James Loughrey will join the Anglo-French giant at the beginning of March. He joins the group from the UK subsidiary of the German electronics and engineering giant. Global IT services company Sema told The Lawyer in November […]

Recovering from the economic boom

At a time when the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI) was voting to change its name to the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (see pages 12 and 15), in order to dispense with the dreaded word “insolvency”, along came the two biggest UK receiverships for a long time – TransTec and Versailles. And which […]

Scuffle of the week

The fight is on on the Tube, not just for a seat but also for the right to use the name ‘Metro’, the title of the new range of free newspapers given out in city centres. In Manchester, the Guardian Media Group has won the right to use the name over Associated Newspapers, which started […]

Freshfields strikes mega-alliance deal

Freshfields has usurped Rowe & Maw to advise EMI Group on its multi-billion pound joint venture with Time Warner. Charles Ashcroft, company secretary and group general counsel at EMI, says the company chose Freshfields because of its experience in tax and anti-trust matters. But he adds: “At this stage it is possible that Rowe & […]

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