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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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In brief: Forensic expert joins Manchester firm

Manchester firm Pannone & Partners has recruited a former detective chief inspector to its forensic and corporate defence department. Gordon Evans, 53, will be actively involved in white-collar fraud defence work. The firm said that Evans’ experience would strengthen its forensic arm, which specialises in the protection of clients’ interests in crime, tax and regulatory […]

Project finance

McKenna & Co acted for Fibrowatt Thetford on raising £69m of equity and debt financing for the construction of a chicken litter-fuelled power station near Thetford

The cost of living in your father's house

Mr Justice Collins has given the green light for a challenge which could have implications in respect of local authority obligations to pay the rent of those living in accommodation owned by relatives. The case centres on 24-year-old Gloucester woman Victoria Dadds, whose counsel is James Bowen of 6 King’s Bench Walk chambers. Her application […]

Clerks are the key, reveals report

Chris Fogarty Senior clerks and greater specialisation have been pinpointed as the keys to the future success of a chambers in a survey of solicitors’ attitudes towards barristers. Twenty-nine solicitors, from a range of firms, were asked about the services provided by barristers in research commissioned by Newcourt Chambers and conducted by Randolph Williams Research. […]

Specialise at your peril

I have been following the ‘to specialise or not to specialise’ debate with interest. In my opinion, a solicitor (unlike a barrister) should first of all be a man of affairs. Prior to coming into private practice I was a senior examiner with the Inland Revenue for 10 years and have been a magistrate for […]

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