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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Addleshaws banking bid forces shake-up at top

Addleshaw Booth & Co is shaking up its senior management in a drive to strengthen its banking and finance practice. As part of an internal re-jig, John Priestley is standing down as head of banking and finance to allow him to join the firm’s board. The new banking and finance head will be corporate banking […]

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US firm Buchanan Ingersoll has launched in London after luring key players from Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ highly-rated projects team. Head of projects Barry Francis is understood to be leaving to join the Pittsburgh-based firm along with six other partners and 10 assistants. Francis’ private finance initiative (PFI) practice is particularly strong in healthcare and is one […]

A&O tipped to take United Biscuit deal

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As the London Stock Exchange prepares to see the lion’s share of its regulatory powers shifted to the Financial Services Authority, the forum asks how it will affect the legal profession. City lawyers are sceptical about the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s decision to transfer the bulk of the Stock Exchange’s regulatory powers to the Financial […]

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