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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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No smooth sailing for silks list

Perhaps the biggest criticisms of the new silk appointment process have come from those who acted as referees. Initially positive reactions from hour-long telephone conversations with recruitment consultants turned to disbelief when written references were sent for approval. It seems that our learned friends had trouble understanding the new process and became terribly upset when […]

Cobbetts dumped as DTI rejigs insolvency roster

The Department of Trade & Industry has axed Cobbetts from its panel for the Insolvency Service for England and Wales in favour of a selection of regional rivals. The new panel comprises ASB Law, Dickinson Dees, Howes Percival, Osborne Clarke and Wragge & Co, while Cobbetts and Birmingham firm Brindley Twist Tafft & James have […]

Bryan Cave breaks off from Squire Sanders merger talks

The proposed merger between Bryan Cave and Squire Sanders & Dempsey has collapsed after the two firms failed to reach agreement over the structure of the tie-up. Partners were informed of the news last night (31 July) after more than six months of discussions between the firms. The Lawyer understands that one of the reasons […]

Private client team flees Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has axed its four-lawyer private capital team, which will join Lawrence Graham in September. Simmons was one of the few big City firms still offering advice to private clients, but the firm’s renewed focus on banks and corporate means the practice no longer fits into its business strategy. Simmons managing partner Mark […]

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