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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 Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson is expected to decide whether the former chief whip, Andrew Mitchell MP, can break a costs order restricting his legal spend on a defamation claim against The Sun to £2,000. Mitchell was told in June that his legal spend for a defamation claim against The Sun publisher News […]

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There are good reasons that claimants in the Cyprus properties row should litigate on the island, not in the UK A recent article (TheLawyer.com/cyprus) raised, but left undiscussed, a number of points that I, as one of the barristers arguing the case in question [on behalf of Spanish firm Judicare], would like to address. Legal […]

Eversheds Bitāns is top Latvian corporate firm at the 2013 Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards

Eversheds Bitāns has been awarded the Latvian Corporate Law Firm of the Year award 2013 by Lawyer Monthly. The 2013 Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards recognise the achievements of lawyers, law firms and associated legal professionals whose knowledge and expertise continue to influence the wider profession.  Over the past four months, the Lawyer Monthly research team collected and collated votes through their […]

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Dentons confirms “discussions” with US firm McKenna Long

Dentons has begun merger talks with US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge, just six months after the tripartite combination which formed the firm. In a statement this morning the firm confirmed that it was in talks with McKenna Long in a move which would add 575 lawyers, mainly in the US, to its global presence. […]

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