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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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Auditors call for fraud panel

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In brief: Addleshaw Booth & Co opens for business

Newly-merged firm Addleshaw Booth & Co has opened in Leeds and Manchester this week to serve “business right across the North”. The merger between Addleshaw Sons & Latham, based in Manchester, and Booth & Co, based in Leeds, officially started on the first of February, forming a 97-partner firm which retains both regional offices. David […]

SIF faces calls for independent probe

MEMBERS of the Law Society’s ruling council have demanded an independent inquiry into the circumstances behind the Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s shock announcement of a £248m shortfall in contributions. Concern has also been expressed at the manner of last month’s announcement by the SIF that law firms faced a possible 30 per cent hike in their […]

The Texan giant's first brush with trouble

THE controversial £25m computerisation of the courts ran into its first difficulties last week when the first phase of the project was delayed by what the contractors described as a “minor blip”. Any company installing such a large system is likely to encounter problems, but the “blip” will provide ammunition for critics of the scheme. […]

Simmons primes Far Eastern arm with new managing role

Simmons & Simmons is pulling together its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices in readiness for the handover of the colony in July by creating a post of China managing partner. The post will be filled by Huen Wong who has been with Simmons since 1988. He established the firm’s Shanghai office, where he has been […]

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