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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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Wessing seeks consultancy remedy as merger splits firm

German firm Wessing is bringing in a UK consultancy to rescue it from crisis as partner dissent threatens to split the firm. Disagreement over whether to merge with a UK firm has caused division within the firm and forced a group of partners from the Munich and Hamburg offices into secret negotiations with Bird & […]

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Eversheds plans to double the size of its Cambridge office within 12 months due to the boom in knowledge-based industries. By April 2002, the firm expects to have 60 lawyers in Cambridge working in refurbished offices, which are due to open early next year. Ian Shann, managing partner of Eversheds’ Eastern England offices, says: “We […]

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Last year, The Lawyer IPO Survey, which covered the 18-month period from January 1999 to June 2000, paid witness to one of the most dramatic eras in equity capital markets. The dotcom bubble kept on growing until the burst was inevitable. As one corporate finance partner put it last year, there had been nothing like […]

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Beverly Cooper Flynn v RTé On 23 March, a final verdict was announced in the Beverley Cooper Flynn libel action against RTÉ (Radio Telefis éireann). The jury found that RTÉ had failed to prove that Cooper Flynn had persuaded James Howard to evade his tax obligations. However, they also found that RTÉ had proved allegations […]

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