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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 […]

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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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Simmons ranks in Stonewall’s gay-friendly employers top 10

Simmons & Simmons has held onto its title as the most gay-friendly law firm for the fourth year running in LGB charity Stonewall’s employer rankings. Simmons & Simmons was ranked 10th overall – and the top law firm – in Stonewall’s eighth annual list of the top 100 lesbian, gay and bisexual-friendly employers in the […]

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RBS was owed some money by US hedge fund Highland Capital so it brought in the heavies (Herbert Smith) to “extract payment”. But things have not gone exactly to plan for RBS and now the bank, in addition to suffering the ignominy of being accused of deception by a high court judge, is expected to […]

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Simmons in the pink with Stonewall success

For the fourth year running Simmons & Simmons has been ranked as the most gay-friendly firm in the UK by Stonewall and has added to its glory by becoming the first law firm to make it into the top 10 in the LGB charity’s Top 100 Employers List (see story). Despite dominating Stonewall’s legal sector […]

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