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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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The first-ever benchmarking group for city council legal departments is being set up. The group will be established in the next 12 months by Tony Walsh, legal services manager at Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Walsh emailed the legal heads of all of England’s and Wales’s 31 city councils late last month and expects to establish the […]

Simmons shrugs off MoD panel dismissal with role on £16bn project

Simmons & Simmons has managed to retain its leading role on one of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) biggest-ever outsourcing deals, despite being booted off the panel last year. The firm is advising the MoD on its new £16bn training programme, which has been outsourced to a joint venture consortium led by QinetiQ and Land […]

Watson Burton backs Newcastle sports drive for disadvantaged kids

Newcastle-based Watson Burton has worked pro bono on a project to provide disadvantaged young people with access to sports facilities and coaching. The firm advised the McCrory Foundation, a Newcastle charity set up by former boxing world cruiserweight champion Glenn McCrory, on the lease of new premises and on a Rocky Balboa-themed fundraising event. A […]

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