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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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Part-time Bar work on offer

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. Ronald Thwaites QC suggested in “Stemming the Bar Tide” (The Lawyer, 3 November) that a return to the Bar correspondence course would go some way to producing barristers that had “business and commercial maturity”. […]

Financing

Sharon E Hartline of White & Case advised a group of investors on First Philippine Holdings Corporation’s US$90m convertible note private placement. Debevoise & Plimpton acted as international counsel for the JP Morgan Group, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz acted as Philippine counsel for JP Morgan and AIG Group, the note purchasers. Linklaters represented […]

Javaid to be quizzed over link with extreme Islamic group

Dibb Lupton Alsop partners were hoping to quiz associate Makbool Javaid about his alleged membership of an extreme Islamic group as The Lawyer went to press. Javaid joined the firm in January from the Commission for Racial Equality and has been advising Dibbs’ clients on how to avoid unfair dismissal and racial discrimination actions. Last […]

Hotel sale shows that small is beautiful

Thistle Hotels wanted to make its biggest disposal of properties ever – the #56m sale to Lehman Brothers Holdings of 30 provincial hotels throughout the UK. But the deal did not go to a big City firm. Instead it opted for Russell Davidson, a sole practitioner who has offices in Harrogate. Thistle stayed with Davidson […]

Law Soc calls for contingency fee legalisation after High Court case

The Law Society has called on the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine to legalise contingency fees – currently unlawful except where stipulated in the legislation allowing for conditional fees – in the Access to Justice Bill, following a “surprise” High Court ruling. On 9 February the High Court ruled that Birmingham firm Sydney Mitchell had acted […]

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