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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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DWF scraps new office plans due to credit crunch

DWF has put its expansion plans on hold, with the economic climate making office openings too costly. DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland told The Lawyer of his change of direction, which came after a number of merger overtures to firms in several markets outside its Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston bases. Leaitherland said: “I’ve looked […]

Firms wired up for Irish broadband sale

Irish firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice and William Fry are representing NTR and Kilsaran Concrete on the sale of Irish Broadband to Imagine Communications for €47m (£37.35m). The deal will see Imagine, which was advised by Eames Solicitors, enlarged to a company with annual revenues of over €100m (£79.48m). Venture capital firm DFJ Esprit, which holds […]

Turnover up 10 per cent at BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has announced a turnover climb of 10 per cent to £186m from £169m last year. The majority of the growth was driven by tax, corporate and litigation, whereas real estate fared less well at growth of only around 5 per cent. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “Unsurprisingly in the first half […]

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