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Latest Briefings

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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In brief: Denton Hall appoints Kwok for HK office

Denton Hall has appointed Raymond Kwok as managing partner of its Hong Kong office. Kwok is currently head of the property practice in the city. The move follows a restructuring by the firm of its Asian practice. Christopher Clarke stays as senior partner in Asia, with responsibility for the firm’s offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, […]

NHS slashes £200m med neg panel

The National Health Service has struck a blow against 72 firms around the country by producing a provisional list of only 18 that it will instruct for its £200m-a-year medical negligence work. Until now individual NHS trusts have instructed their own firms 90 around the country. But following a two-year review initiated by the previous […]

Justice award winners

Human rights barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC of Doughty Street Chambers was awarded the Justice award, sponsored by The Times, for outstanding contributions to criminal justice last week. Fitzgerald is known as an advocate for unpopular causes, including Myra Hindley. Fellow barrister Michael Grieve, who nominated Fitzgerald, said: “His only criteria is that it’s a person […]

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