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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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Flotations

Berwin Leighton advised Foreign & Colonial Ventures on the £29.7m flotation on the London Stock Exchange of recruitment services company PSD Group in which F&C retained a 25 per cent stake. Travers Smith Braithwaite advised sponsors HSBC Samuel Montagu and Stephenson Harwood advised PSD.

LCD worries Civil Justice Council is lawyer heavy

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has been talking to the advice sector, the Law Society and the Bar about the future role and composition of the Civil Justice Council amid advice sector concerns it may be packed with lawyers. The Council, which will oversee implementation of the Woolf reforms of the civil justice system, is to […]

New pensions watchdog to set up law firm panel

The new pensions regulator, Opra, chaired by former Law Society secretary general John Hayes, has appointed a panel of 22 law firms to provide legal back-up for complex investigations. Hayes said the Pensions Act 1995, which set up the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) in the wake of the Robert Maxwell pension scandal, “may raise […]

GPPs: your flexible friend

Changes in pensions legislation and practice over the past 20 years have led to an increasingly marked shift away from final salary or defined benefit plans in favour of money purchase or defined contribution policies. This trend has been stimulated largely by employers’ desire for greater cost control and the additional burdens placed on administrators […]

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