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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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NI Law Society refuses to back UN call for inquiry into lawyer's murder

The former partner of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane has attacked the Law Society of Northern Ireland for refusing to back a United Nations’ call for a public inquiry into the killing. UN Special Rapporteur Param Cumaraswamy last week published his report into human rights abuses in Northern Ireland which called for a judicial inquiry into […]

Brown to Nicholsons

David Brown, former legal director of radioactive waste disposal company Nirex, has joined the planning and environment unit of Nicholson Graham & Jones. Unit head John Garbut said Brown “has a unique combination of experience in local government, private practice and industry, as well as singular experience in dealing with major and highly controversial development […]

In brief: Linnells picks up Dallas Best partners

The remaining two partners at the office of dissolved Oxford practice Dallas Brett commercial litigator Andrew Shaw and aviation specialist Glenvil Smith have been picked up by Oxford firm Linnells, along with Dallas Brett assistant Danielle Battigelli. The seven-partner firm dissolved in November after three intellectual property partners left for Rouse & Co in London.

In brief: Linklaters launches new healthcare group

Linklaters has launched a new healthcare group to service clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical and hospital sectors. The firm recently advised SmithKline Beecham on its aborted merger negotiations.

Bar hires actuaries to test reforms

The Bar Council has commissioned actuarial firm Watson Wyatt to investigate the cost to consumers of conditional fees, after accusing the Government of underestimating the value of success fees likely to be charged by lawyers. Dan Brennan QC, vice-chairman of the Bar Council, said he had commissioned the firm after informal talks with actuaries indicated […]

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