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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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Italy’s Legance joins rivals in London

Italian firm Legance is moving into London, unveiling plans to open a City office next year following the hire of a partner from Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners. Legance is the third Continental European firm to announce a London launch this year. In January Germany’s Luther announced its plans to open in London (17 […]

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7KBW and Fountain Court go head-to-head in £1bn Excalibur trial

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Offshore litigation boom is no bubble

There are good reasons why jurisdictions such as Jersey are seeing more disputes coming before the courts Earlier this month (1 October) the managing partner of Olephant Solicitors, Jan Mugerwa, claimed in an article in these pages that the offshore litigation boom would be just a bubble unless jurisdictions dump protectionism. As one of a […]

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Hillsborough families seek lawyer to oversee fresh investigations

The families of Hillsborough victims are lobbying for a lawyer to oversee newly announced reviews into the way the police handled the 1989 tragedy. The Lawyer understands the group are keen to have external oversight of the process because of the history of cover-ups to the case. The Independent Police Complaints Commission deputy chair Deborah […]

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