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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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Singaporean firms merge for invasion

Two Singapore firms have merged to form the nation’s second-largest law practice in an attempt to compete with the threat posed by competition from overseas firms. Lawyers from other countries are due to be given the go-ahead to practice Singapore law for financial transactions by linking with local firms. The country’s legal services review committee, […]

Clintons forced to restructure firm

Entertainment and media firm Clintons has been forced to restructure its private client department following the departure of a key lawyer to Lawrence Graham. Karen Marks, who says she effectively headed private client work at Clintons, joined her new firm last week. John Siegel, Clintons’ managing partner, says: “When she left we split the job […]

Nelsons aims for nationals' regional work

Nelson & Co has poached lawyers from Hammond Suddards, Eversheds and Sheffield firm Graysons in a bid to target work normally done by national firms. Tim Wimbush has moved from Graysons to become a corporate partner at Nelsons. Peter Middleton joins after being a commercial litigation lawyer for 10 years at Eversheds in Teesside. He […]

Councils must pay mental health bill

Many local authorities throughout the country face having their budgets thrown into disarray by a new High Court ruling over funding of accommodation for discharged mental patients. Mr Justice Sullivan has ruled that authorities are not entitled to insist on discharged patients paying for the accommodation it is stipulated they must live in as a […]

Linklaters advises on £10bn NatWest deal

Linklaters and Slaughter and May have scooped the leading roles on NatWest’s proposed multi-billion pound takeover of Legal & General – throwing into doubt the insurer’s panel line-up. Linklaters is advising NatWest on the £10.75bn takeover attempt in the second major banking insurance deal this year, following Lloyds TSB’s – which Linklaters also represented – […]

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