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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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Gleiss Lutz senior partners block merger with Stibble

A small minority of senior partners at Stuttgart-based Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch has blocked the firm’s proposed merger with leading continental firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot. The climbdown is partly due to the different approach to risk-taking adopted by senior partners in German firms to that of partners in other European jurisdictions such as the […]

Vizards to join forces with Bannisters

Martin Staples, senior partner at insurance litigation specialists Vizards, is to lead 20 of the firm’s partners into a merger with London insurance firm Bannisters, following an equal split of equity partners. Staples will be senior partner and Bannisters’ senior partner, Alan Bannister, will be deputy of the new firm, which will be called Vizards […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Diana Parker

Diana Parker was born in Newcastle in 1957. She is senior partner elect at Withers. What was your first job? Aged 14, teaching German at a Saturday school to children of English/German parents – I have always been presumptuous. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? I don’t think it reached five figures. […]

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