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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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Commons call for partners to disclose their annual earnings

Partners in law firms will be required to disclose their earnings and provide personal financial guarantees to creditors, a powerful Commons committee is proposing. The Trade and Industry Committee’s report on the Limited Liability Partnership Bill recommends that measures to protect creditors of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) should be stronger than those for a partnership […]

In brief: Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith litigation partner John Reynolds, is understood to be joining US firm McDermott Will & Emery at its new London office.

Freshfields hit by £1m claim for negligence

FRESHFIELDS is being sued for more than £1m for alleged negligence. Frizzell Financial Services has issued a writ against the firm claiming breach of contract and negligence. It is the second writ to be issued against Freshfields in less than a fortnight. Reuters is also suing the firm – for alleged breach of duty, as […]

Redundancy looms for law centre seven after budget cut

BRENT Community Law Centre and the borough’s two Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) are on the verge of closing, leaving seven lawyers facing redundancy. The centre claims the £300,000 cuts in advice service grants by Brent Council will leave the London borough with no independent advice service from April. It is vowing to fight the closure […]

Hardwicke set finally lands director

TWO OF the biggest sets of chambers in the country, Hardwicke Building and St Philip’s Chambers, have landed a new chambers director and chief executive respectively. Leading London set Hardwicke, with 73 tenants, has struggled to find a replacement for Tony Wells – now chambers director at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square – since his departure […]

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