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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 […]

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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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Berryman makes up two, hires one

•Midlands-based Berryman has made two internal partner promotions and one lateral hire. Property development specialist Adam Youatt, IP lawyer Scott Farnsworth and commercial contracts expert Ed Wright took up their posts in April. Youatt and Farnsworth are both established Berryman lawyers, while Wright joins from Denton Wilde Sapte. Managing partner James Jarvis said: “These are […]

SJ Berwin hire seals EDS relationship

•SJ Berwin has strengthened its relationship with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Legal Affairs, bringing on board an outsourcing specialist from the key client. Andrew Sutherland will join the firm as a commercial associate on 14 May. His appointment follows that of head of outsourcing David Meredith, who joined from Kemp Little in the New Year. […]

Cadwalader creates flood risk bond to protect City

US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has been instructed to advise on the world’s first bond designed to protect London’s business districts from large-scale flooding. The flood bond, which was launched on the capital markets earlier this month, was structured by Swiss Re, which was advised by panel firm Cadwalader, for an arm of German […]

Training reform will be a backward step

It took Nasa eight years to put a man on the moon. Reforming the training of solicitors is taking longer, but the result could be a giant leap backwards. In 2001 the Law Society’s training committee launched the Training Framework Review. It wanted to reduce barriers to qualification as a solicitor and so increase the […]

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