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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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Islington claims test case triumph

Robert Lindsay Islington Council is celebrating a landmark House of Lords victory over interest swaps which will see it receive a refund of about £500,000. The Lords last month overturned a 1993 High Court judgment which forced the council to pay compound interest on money received under a swaps agreement with Westdeutsche Landesbank. The ruling […]

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McCarthy Tetrault tops the annual list of Canada’s top 10 law firms published in Canada’s daily The Financial Post. Blake, Cassels & Graydon are number two and Faskin Martineau third. The biggest change in top 10 ranking was recorded by Goodman Phillips & Vineberg which went up from 10th place last year to seventh this. […]

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The legal profession has witnessed a subtle but nevertheless significant change over the last five or six years in the relationship between the partner and the firm. The cosy, club-like atmosphere has been discarded, and lawyers are under heavy pressure to perform to justify their existence. The bond of trust between partner and firm has […]

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Nello Pasquini, for nine years a commercial lawyer with Middleton Potts in London and a qualified Italian and English lawyer, has moved to join the Italian group of Radcliffes Crossman Block, headed by Michael Nathanson. Susan Beadle, marketing manager at Radcliffes Crossman, said Pasquini’s experience of Italian law, and commercial practice would benefit clients in […]

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