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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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EU develops ECJ-affiliated Civil Service Tribunal

THE EU Council of Ministers has created a new judicial body which will hear disputes between the EU’s institutions, its officials and other staff. The EU Civil Service Tribunal will be part of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and will sit in Luxembourg. Its key aim will be to relieve the ECJ’s Court of […]

Halliwells targets Liverpool with Cuff Roberts merger

North West firm Halliwells is breaking into Liverpool through a merger with Cuff Roberts. The merger, announced today (November 15), gives Halliwells a foothold in Liverpool, adding to its presence in Manchester, London and Sheffield. Cuff Roberts has 16 partners and a bias towards commercial property work, although it also carries out commercial litigation and […]

Bircham Dyson Bell reinvents itself as a PR firm

Bircham Dyson Bell is no longer just a law firm – it is also a public relations agency. Not content with developing a reputation for planning and parliamentary legal advice, the firm has taken the surprise decision to offer clients communications and public affairs advice. In a coup for the new service, Birchams has secured […]

Opinion

There is no cure-all for the pensions crisis, but giving the employer control is a positive step The recent Turner Report emphasised the scale of the pensions crisis in the UK. The report was just an interim one but it contained a clear pointer on the way to overcome the crisis. It indicates the need […]

US firms race for top City spots in image overhaul.

Several US law firms have instructed London letting agents to find them new premises in prime areas of the City, in a bid to upgrade their images and bolster recruitment capabilities. Hunton & Williams is understood to be searching for between 20,000 and 25,000sq ft of office space in a prime location within the City […]

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