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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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Court of Appeal takes significant step in sentencing large companies

By Andrew Tatlock The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has given judgment on two appeal cases brought by companies contesting the level of fines each received. The precedent this sets will have far-reaching consequences in future for those residential developers and construction companies who fall foul of health and safety or environmental regulations. The court […]

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This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 23th February 2014

Winter flooding has put Coleridge’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ on the lips of just about everyone in the UK, but the actual water has been nothing compared with a veritable tidal wave of verbiage in the media on the subject. According to newspapers, broadcasters and politicians of all hues, the country is in the […]

Web-based companies should invoice locally and pay local taxes, Brazil says

By Guido Vinci and Leonardo Homsy Confirming recent rumours, Valor Econômico — Brazil’s leading newspaper covering developments in the economy, finance and business — reported that the Internal Revenue Service (Receita Federal) is indeed preparing new regulations to require foreign web-based companies to invoice locally and pay local taxes. A preliminary government study revealed that many […]

Hospitality and Leisure — franchising and industry innovation

In previous years, this publication has given an insight into the asset light strategies of global hotel operators, an overview of some of the trends in hotel franchising and a brief appreciation of the issues affecting hotel franchising. This year, DLA Piper has retained some of the ‘quick to view’ educational references and the focus […]

Copyright: hyperlinking and the right of communication to the public

By Paul Herbert Linking is the practice of posting clickable links on the internet that lead to content posted elsewhere. Under section 20 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA), it is prohibited to communicate to the public by electronic transmission the whole or a substantial part of a work that is protected […]

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