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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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Cadwalader office move sees firm downsize in City

After scouring London for the perfect home, ­Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has found a new UK base. The US firm is downsizing dramatically. The 14th and 15th floors of Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street, gives the US firm 18,000sq ft compared with 35,000sq ft at 265 Strand. After vowing to rebuild London following a […]

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Law Society to students: legal career may be too risky

The Law Society is set to launch a campaign warning students to think twice about embarking on a career in law. The information campaign will target university and secondary school students, and contain information about the cost of legal training as well as the shrinking number of training contracts of offer. According to the Law […]

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Work Life Quiz: Steven Fox, Ashurst

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A question of trusts

Offshore purpose trusts have come into their own as a flexible legal vehicle, with most centres now embracing them in one form or another. By Samantha Morgan and Philip Munro For many, a ‘trust’ suggests ­merely a legal arrangement facilitating the devolution of wealth within families. Trusts are, however, used to effect a range of […]

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