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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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In brief: Changes at The Lawyer

The Lawyer has a new publisher. Rachel Lesiter, commercial director of Lawtel, is to take on the role in addition to her current responsibilities. Former publisher Mark Wyatt has left to pursue other interests.

Straw silent on right to jury trial

HOME Secretary Jack Straw’s speech to the Labour Party conference last week has given fresh hope to legal groups fighting to save defendants’ right to opt for trial in the crown court. Straw left out any mention of his July consultation paper proposals to strip defendants accused of theft, including shoplifting, and some sexual and […]

Property

Cliff McAuley and Richard Hopkinson-Woolley of Clifford Chance advised Burford Holdings plc on the proposed disposal of its Darwin shopping centre in Shrewsbury to Delancey Estates for £35m. Suzanne Billington of Gouldens advised Delancey.

Barclays in milk quota row

Hywel Harries has been granted leave to challenge High Court and Appeal Court rulings that Barclays Bank (which re-possessed his farm in Dyfed) was entitled to regard a charge over the property as including a milk quota allocated some years after the property was charged. Harries argues that the milk quota, having been granted after […]

Freshfields Deringer

In line with the plans in their “strategic alliance”, the Brussels offices of Freshfields and its German associate Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund have joined forces to form a 40-lawyer EU and Belgian law practice – called Freshfields Deringer.

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