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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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Credit where it’s due

Mark Chambers, EMEA counsel at American Express, is broadening his team’s horizons to match those of his company. Husnara Begum investigates The arrival of Mark Chambers at American Express (Amex) as managing counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa in February this year heralded a significant reduction in the number of firms it instructs […]

Identity crisis

The SEC and the FSA have contrasting roles to play in reducing financial crime. Jason Mansell examines the FSA’s difficulties as both regulator and prosecutor The UK and the US have adopted different methods to deal with the problem of white collar crime. In the US, there is a clear demarcation between the powers of […]

Pensioners lose age discrimination test case

Pensioners lost the right to claim compensation for unfair dismissal or redundancy last week, when the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) rejected a test case. The legal action concerned two workers in the clothing industry – John Rutherford, now 72, who was taken on at the age of 63 and made redundant when he was 67, […]

Learning by mistakes?

Tulkinghorn’s scribes are often surprised by law firms’ attempts at PR, but Manchester firm Cobbetts has left them truly baffled. Cobbetts is paying a bunch of University of Central Lancashire students to do their PR for them. An entrepreneurial (or should that be exploitative?) lecturer has set up a PR agency staffed by his students […]

A&O and CC get US associate thumbs up

Magic circle firms Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy (A&O) have risen in the esteem of their US associates, according to the latest associate satisfaction survey by The American Lawyer. A&O was the highest ranked non-US firm, moving up seven places to fifteenth out of 159. Associates awarded the firm the top spot for its […]

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