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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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Customs to reform disclosure rules after swathe of blunders

Customs & Excise has instituted a wave of internal reform in a bid to avert any further damage to future prosecution cases. In a series of pending prosecutions by Customs, defendant lawyers are preparing to charge the organisation with abuse of process for alleged failures to disclose who its informants are. Customs endured the collapse […]

Milbank overhauls Asia management for Japan drive

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has joined the growing throng of firms shaking up its Asian strategy as the US firm re-jigs the regional management. Gary Wigmore, currently managing partner of Milbank’s Singapore office and managing partner of the firm’s Asian project finance group, will relocate to head up Tokyo. The current incumbent David Impastato […]

FSA plans for higher legal costs as more rulings are challenged

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) expects to increase its external legal spend again next year after more than doubling its budget for external enforcement to £5m for the 2004-05 financial year. A spokeswoman for the FSA said that the financial services regulator predicted that the costs of external legal consultants and QCs would jump even […]

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Peter Godber, the driving force behind the LGG training unit for lawyers in local government, is to leave the organisation he set up 20 years ago. Godber, who launched LGG in 1984,will develop his own management and skills training consultancy, offering courses on in-house management and leadership skills. LGG represents around 3,200 lawyers working in […]

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