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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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The spectre of lengthy lines of salaried partners going cap in hand to the banks early next year was raised last week by changes to the partnership tax regime. The changes are aimed at dealing with the so-called ‘disguised salary’ of LLP members. The background to this lies in one of the incidental benefits of […]

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All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region. Australia Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted three lawyers to partner in its employment, pensions and incentives (EPI) practice in Sydney. The new partners are Michael Gonski, Sonia Millen and Drew Pearson. Gonski focuses on senior executive issues, the […]

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With the chancellor’s Autumn Statement confirming plans that some say will make the UK tax regime for shale gas the most competitive in Europe, the spotlight is again on this hotly debated and fiercely disputed topic. Hydrochloric fracturing, or fracking, is the process by which shale gas is extracted from the ground by drilling bore […]

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