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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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Why the Nike Alliance is a legal trendsetter

Sports giant Nike sets out to be a trendsetter in the world of sport and fashion. In legal circles the global retailer, which generates global revenues of $25bn annually, is again helping to set new trends by choosing an alliance of independent firms to cover its European legal needs over a single international firm. As […]

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In October 2013, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper setting out its proposed approach to the regulation of crowdfunding platforms. Having analysed the feedback it received, on 6 March 2014 the FCA published a policy statement detailing its response to this feedback and, most importantly, setting out the rules that will apply […]

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Singaporean firm Rajah & Tann’s managing partner Lee Eng Beng says staying local and being flexible is the way forward in the increasingly competitive South-East Asia region.  “Things have been moving quite quickly over the last 12 months,” says Singaporean firm Rajah & Tann’s managing partner Lee Eng Beng. This is a perfectly fitting summary […]

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