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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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Chadbournes loss

Chadbourne & Parke is to lose employment practice co-heads Mark Brossman and Ronald Richman to US rivals Schulte Roth & Zabel. They cited client conflicts of interest as the reason for leaving. Chadbourne’s London office has also lost five English lawyers.

European bank cuts panel for advice in East to cut costs

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), is cutting the number of firms it uses for English and local law advice on financing projects in Eastern Europe and Russia. Until recently, the 20 or so in-house lawyers at the EBRD had not co-ordinated the way in which they chose firms. In an effort to […]

Sif must sort out premiums

Is conveyancing more risky than other fields of work? Or is there a risk in the way it is carried out by bucket-shop firms wedded to a deadly combination of low fixed fees and dependence on a supply of work from local agents? Whether or not the former is the case, premiums based on the […]

Judge attacks barristers without law degrees

A HIGH Court judge has launched a fierce attack on the practice of letting barristers without law degrees “loose on the public” after taking an “elementary” conversion course and a one-year Bar course. Delivering the Chancery Bar Association’s spring lecture – during which he also attacked the “extravagant” fees charged by some leading QCs – […]

Almagamate by the book

When merger is on the cards, Anne-Marie Piper says trustees need to focus on careful planning and expert legal advice to make the process as smooth as possible. Anne-Marie Piper is head of the charities group at Paisner & Co. Charity mergers have a lot in common with love and marriage – often the path […]

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