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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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Old troubles haunt the new South Africa

In post apartheid South Africa, the man hired to kill you yesterday could be your client today. Senior advocate Eberhard Bergelsmann stood on the pavement outside the Pretoria Supreme Court buildings with a group of jubilant clients – former members of the apartheid government’s military intelligence group. Bergelsmann had just won the shadowy operatives a […]

Good sport for in-house lawyers. By Matheu Swallow.

Working in-house enables lawyers to concentrate on all aspects of sports law Perhaps the only lawyers who can claim to be purely sports lawyers are those practising in-house. There is a growing trend to carry out work in-house, particularly within sports governing bodies. The staple diet of an in-house sports lawyer can include sponsorship and […]

Money laundering puts City in a spin

Several City law firms were thrown into chaos following the revelation last week that police are investigating six of them for links with organised crime. The National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) is refusing to identify the firms involved, which has created a climate of fear and uncertainty among City firms. Two major firms held emergency […]

Leading arbitrator joins Freshfields

Freshfields has recruited Eric Schwartz, former secretary general of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, from Paris-based rival Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn. Schwartz has acted as arbitrator or counsel in international arbitrations from Asia and Africa to the Americas and is a leading light in his profession. Jan Paulsson, the head of Freshfields’ international arbitration […]

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