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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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Cross-border VAT: the new one-stop shop

The place of supply rules govern where a particular supply takes place, and therefore determine where businesses are obliged to register, collect and remit Value Added Tax (VAT) due on their supplies and in which member state. There are important changes to the VAT place of supply rules affecting cross-border services from 1 January 2015. […]

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Dechert’s fee dispute – a sign of things to come?

For a while now legal business soothsayers have been forecasting an increase in fee disputes between solicitor and client. The news that ENRC is contesting an extremely high proportion (almost 70 per cent, or £11m) of Dechert’s £16m legal bill might be the result of a freak storm, but equally it could portend a deeper […]

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Herbies hit by legacy Freehills exits in Singapore

No global merger ever comes together without a few hiccups. The hard work – or integration as it is known – can only start when the lawyers are officially brought together under a united brand. With the rush of merger activity the legal sector has seen in recent years it was inevitable that there would […]

Italy Real-Estate Update — November 2013

Starting from 1 January 2014 significant changes will come into effect with reference to registration tax, as well in respect of cadastral and mortgage tax application in Italy. On the contrary, the VAT treatment of real-estate investments will not be affected by such new provisions. The new rules will be applicable to transfers of real-estate […]

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