Litigation funding: Cutting up rough

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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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On your bike: jurisdiction in European product liability cases

The Brussels Regulation sets out a system that allocates jurisdiction to the courts of EU member states. Article 2 of the Brussels Regulation contains the fundamental principle that the defendant should be sued in the courts of the place where he is domiciled (regardless of his nationality). Article 2 provides that the jurisdiction is always given to […]

High streets need British Retail Consortium’s radical retail reform, says Eversheds’ Batham

James Batham, retail expert and partner at Eversheds, has said that the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC’s) upcoming recommendations for overhauling business rates will be welcomed by retailers. The BRC is expected to publish its recommendations for the overhaul of the business rates system following the review undertaken by John Rogers, Sainsbury’s chief financial officer. It is […]

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DPAs: A St Valentine’s Day present?

The new DPA code of practice might just be the way to combat economic crime On 14 February the directors of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Public Prosecutions published their joint deferred prosecution agreement code of practice (CoP). The CoP has been long-awaited and there has been much speculation about its content. Now it […]

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Banks under pressure as demand for HMRC loans soars

The UK’s leading banks are struggling to cope with the demand for new loans from fixed-share partners (FSPs) in the run-up to tax law changes on 6 April. Industry sources suggest that up to 8,000 individuals are looking to borrow money from UK banks in an attempt to inject new capital into their firms ahead […]

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