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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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Ah! The sweet smell of law firm politics. Enjoy the heady bouquet currently wafting from the London offices of White & Case. All firms have their fair share of inter-group tension, but White & Case is fast becoming more defined by who is in which camp than the work its partners are doing. Blair and […]

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The trust arm of Jersey law firm Bedell Cristin has deepened its penetration of the onshore sector with the launch of a business in Switzerland. Last November, Bedell Cristin Trust was the first offshore firm to establish a trust administration company in Dublin. Bedell plans to act for the super-rich who have trust administered bank […]

The work-life quiz

Patrick Gaul, managing partner, Weightmans What was your first ever job?Selling lottery tickets for Everton FC. What was your worst experience as a trainee? The first time – of many – that I was mauled by one of the Masters in the Royal Courts of Justice, probably over some trivial procedural misdemeanour. Where’s the best […]

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