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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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EY full steam ahead for the legal market

The accountants are at it again. EY has become the latest to plan the launch of a legal arm in the UK. The auditor has appointed former Addleshaw Goddard corporate managing partner Phillip Goodstone to do just that. Just last week PricewaterhouseCooper’s legal arm, PWC Legal, pledged to be a top 20 global legal services […]

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Contempt is not a crime

A Supreme Court has for the first time spelt out the difference between civil and criminal contempt in English and Welsh law Serious Fraud Office v O’Brien [2014] is a massive, landmark legal victory for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).  The case is important for two reasons. First, for the first time, the Supreme Court […]

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Dentons adds Baker Botts arbitrator to London, Moscow offices

Dentons has hired Baker Botts partner Dominic Pellew into its international arbitration group in Russia and London. The partner, who is dual-qualified in the UK and France as well as being a Russian speaker, will join partners Liz Tout and Michelle Bradfield in London and Mikhail Ivanov in St Petersburg. Pellew’s arrival at the firm […]

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Olswang’s CEO Stewart: Consolidation in the mid-market will accelerate

The April year end is almost here, and a law firm leader’s thoughts turn to financial reporting. And fish. Olswang’s chief executive David Stewart is on familiar territory. Not just talking about his firm’s performance, a topic he also addressed at the half-year stage when the firm’s six-month revenue rose by 15 per cent to […]

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Ablyazov reaches Supreme Court, the latest step in “extraordinary litigation”

The $6bn legal battle between Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank and its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov is heading to the Supreme Court, where for the first time the justices will examine the standard form freezing injunction. The legal pursuit of Addleshaw Goddard client Mukhtar Ablyazov, the former chairman of Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank, has been ferocious […]

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