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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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BLG set to stem exits with lockstep rethink

BARLOW Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has overhauled its lockstep following heavy partner losses over the past two years. The firm, which is almost a full equity partnership, has shortened the time it takes to reach the top of equity from 14 to 11 years. The modified lockstep in financial year 2005-06 started at 28 points, […]

Russell-Cooke turnover in 11 per cent jump

LONDON-based Russell-Cooke has posted an 11 per cent rise in turnover to £23.7m for the last financial year, which ended on 30 June. Average profit per equity partner at the all-equity firm stood at £220,000, while net profit was £9.2m, a margin of 38 per cent. This is the first time Russell-Cooke has publicly reported […]

TfL requests diversity stats from panel hopefuls

Prospective Transport for London (TfL) panel firms must provide diversity statistics to the company to help its decision-making process. TfL legal and compliance director Gareth John said he is nearing the end of his panel review and is asking firms for details on the policies they have in place to foster diversity. “Diversity is at […]

Public Sector: Competitive advantage

The new competitive dialogue procedure’s ability to untangle complex contracts has made it part of the furniture in the UK’s procurement sector. By Stewart James More than 563 procurements have been initiated under the new competitive dialogue procedure since the implementation of the Public Contracts Regulations in the UK 18 months ago (31 January 2006). […]

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