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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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Law Society lobbies Accounting Standards Board over FRS5

The Law Society president has written to the Accounting Standards Board urging clarification of new tax rules in a bid to wipe-out widespread confusion on FRS5. FRS5 Application Note G, which relates to the way profits and work in progress are calculated in accounts, was first introduced eight months ago. However there is widespread confusion […]

Halliwells seals LCL Law takeover

North West firm Halliwells last week finalised the takeover of niche insolvency practice LCL Law’s Manchester office. Duncan Haymes, who left Hammonds just two years ago to help set up LCL Law, is joining Halliwells as a partner, bringing with him associate Dominic Vincent. Halliwells approached Haymes four months ago to discuss acquiring the LCL […]

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He may have peaked with The Fugitive, but Tommy Lee Jones can still strike fear into the heart of any adversary. These days, the Hollywood hellraiser can be found in the Midlands heading up Gateley Wareing and going by the name of Michael Ward. Less glamour, sure, but a glance from those steely eyes is […]

CC misses out to Lovells on Italian hospital PFI deal

Lovells has triumphed over Clifford Chance to secure the lead role on Italy’s first ever hospital private finance initiative (PFI). Lovells beat its UK rival in a competitive tender to advise Italian construction company Astaldi on the Ospitale Di Mestre project. It is the first time the firm has been instructed by Astaldi, which is […]

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