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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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Beachcroft wins £4m for ex-Man U trainee

Beachcroft has secured former Manchester United hopeful Ben Collett more than £4m in ­compensation after his football career was prematurely ended by a negligent tackle during a 2003 reserve team game. Middlesbrough player Gary Smith and his club admitted ­liability for the injury. Manchester-based silk Richard Hartley QC of Cobden House Chambers, who represented Collett, […]

Split decisions

The EU’s efforts to reduce forum shopping for divorce cases – and potentially curtail the UK’s status as the top choice – has in reality created a minefield of legislation. It is not just Bond Street that is ­attracting shoppers to London. The UK capital’s courts are a hot destination too. Why? Because for divorcing […]

Cobbetts and Eversheds go to the top of the class for mining the equity gap

Eversheds go to the top of the class for mining the equity gap” />Cobbetts and Eversheds have emerged as the front-runners when it comes to advising on transactions in the so-called equity gap, according to research by financial information provider CorpfinWorldwide. Companies caught in the equity gap are defined as those that are too small […]

Simmons rejig sees global roles come to London

Simmons & Simmons has replaced two if its new international practice group (IPG) heads after just three months in the job. Corporate chief Damon Le Maitre-George (pictured), based in Hong Kong, and information, communications and technology (ICT) head Job Rietkerk in Rotterdam stood down this month to focus on practice groups in their respective jurisdictions. […]

Beijing bound

Beijing bound 15-August-2008In today’s Beijing Blog, Norton Rose associate Steven Towell talks about the changing landscape in the Chinese capital as the preparations for the Games gathered pace. In today’s Beijing Blog, Norton Rose associate Steven Towell talks about the changing landscape in the Chinese capital as the preparations for the Games gathered pace. It’s […]

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