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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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City firm Manches is boosting its media practice by recruiting a former head of business affairs at EMI in Australia. Randall Harper is joining the firm next month as a senior lawyer. He is one of the leading entertainment lawyers in Australia. He is currently in the process of requalifying in English law, after which […]

Think tank calls for single investigatory unit

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Invensys to ditch panel of law firms

Engineering giant Invensys is scrapping its panel of firms and hand-picking individual lawyers to work on different jobs. Senior vice-president Jim Bays will co-ordinate a database of selected lawyers from firms around the world and circulate it around the company on its intranet. Lawyers who advised either BTR or Siebe last year on their merger […]

Olswang abandons EMI role after conflict fears

Olswang is bowing out of advising EMI on its bid for the new generation of phone licences after concerns over crumbling Chinese walls. The firm won a role advising EMI, a member of Virgin’s consortium SpectrumCo, after appearing at The Lawyer’s Legal Monte Carlo 99 conference (The Lawyer, 17 January). However, because it is acting […]

Olswang drops EMI work

The firm won a role advising EMI, a member of Virgin’s consortium SpectrumCo, after appearing at The Lawyer’s Legal Monte Carlo 99 conference. However, because the firm is acting for rival bidder MCI WorldCom, it feels the conflict would be too strong. EMI has now awarded the work to its long time adviser Rowe & […]

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