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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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US lawyer returns to manage London office

David Smalley, former head of US firm Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office, has returned to the branch as managing partner. Smalley returned to the New York head office in September 1993 after three months as head of the London operation. “The way we tend to run our foreign offices is to staff them with people […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 28/01/97

Challenge to alteration in VAT assessment arrangements R v Customs and Excise Commissioners ex parte Littlewoods Group (1997) QBD (Tucker J) 14/1/97 Summary: Unsuccessful challenge to Customs and Excise changes in the assessment of VAT on suppliers which accept payment for their goods by instalments. Application for judicial review of the commissioners’ decision contained in […]

Chancery Lane pre-emptive legal aid strike

The Law Society is to consider the creation of specialist accreditation schemes for legal aid work in a defensive move designed to steal a march on the legal aid board. At a council meeting last week, vice-president Phillip Sycamore urged the profession to look at setting up accreditation schemes for family, criminal, employment, housing and […]

Three partners for Squires' Prague set-up

Three of 11 partners appointed worldwide by US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey are based in the Prague office. Prague is the firm’s second largest European operation with more than 70 staff concentrating largely on telecommunications privatisation and financing work. One of the three appointees is Dr Lubos Tichy, the former president of the Czech […]

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