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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 […]

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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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Shearmans loses lawyer to Lovells

Lovell White Durrant is bolstering its international tax practice by taking on a senior lawyer from Shearman & Sterling’s New York office. Joseph Gruber joins Lovells’ New York office, specialising in M&A and capital markets. After five years at Shearmans he joins Lovells to head up its tax department. Gruber is the first lawyer in […]

Satanic killing case heads for Law Lords

Roger Pearson reports on defendants’ rights to a claim of diminished responsibility once they have been ruled unfit to plead. The right of defendants in criminal proceedings to mount a defence of diminished responsibility after it has already been held that they are unfit to plead is to be probed by the House of Lords. […]

Boston firm teams up with asset manager

A US law firm has merged its money-management practice with an investment firm to form what it believes is the first partnership of its kind. Bingham Dana – a Boston-based 400-lawyer firm with offices in London, New York, Washington, Hartford, Los Angeles and Singapore – has joined forces with Legg Mason to form Bingham Legg […]

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (pictured) was cleared of a driving offence at Bury Magistrates Court after offering the lamest excuse ever – he needed the toilet. Sir Alex told the court: “I had to go somewhere quickly.” Sir Alex, represented by Manchester-based sole practitioner Nicholas Freeman, justified driving his BMW up the hard shoulder […]

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