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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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South West firms merge to create 34-partner practice

Foot & Bowden and Anstey Sargent & Probert are merging to form one of the biggest firms in the South West. The new 34-partner practice will be called Foot Anstey Sargent and will specialise in corporate, commercial and employment work. With its numbers it will rival the top five in the region. It has national […]

Shakespeares' former partner struck off by solicitors' tribunal

A former Shakespeares partner who misused almost u350,000 of client funds has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. In a case exclusively revealed by The Lawyer (1 February), John Vernon paid himself u189,000 out of clients funds during his years at the Birmingham firm, while u156,000 went to other clients. The shortfall might […]

Property

Forsters advised the Clerical Medical Investment Group on the purchase of Times Square Shopping Centre in Sutton. Forsters partner Sophie Hamilton led the team in the u18m deal. Colin Jesson and David Hawkins from Cameron McKenna advised the sellers.

IT unlocks doors for conveyancing

The Government’s consultation paper in support of its manifesto promise to abolish gazumping has now been published. We know that legislation will be brought into effect probably at the beginning of the next Parliament in 2001 or there about. Many people are already working on the development of a seller’s pack concept and there is […]

Norton Rose in Asia poaches A&O expert

Norton Rose is poaching an Allen & Overy international corporate finance expert in a bid to strengthen its presence in Asia. Chris Moore, an assistant in A&O’s Frankfurt office, left this month. He will become a partner when he joins Norton Rose’s Singapore office in January. Moore’s arrival at Norton Rose will push the number […]

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