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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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Rugby official fights dismissal

Sacked Welsh Rugby Union general secretary, Dennis Evans, is to challenge his dismissal on two fronts. Evans has an industrial tribunal claim pending over his dismissal. He has also mounted High Court action to show he should never have been dismissed.

Behind the scenes of the BP buy-out

The $425 million price on the buy-out at BP’s nutrition business made this the biggest UK buy-out since Gardner Merchant. But other statistics also made this deal huge: the business sold to the buy-out vehicle (now renamed Nutreco) included over 150 legal entities, in 19 jurisdictions, operating from over 250 main sites, and with a […]

AWS to turn spotlight onto media

The London group of the Association of Women Solicitors is putting the spotlight on the media with a seminar on communication skills. Sue Stapely, head of the Law Society’s press and parliamentary unit and the author of Media Relations for Lawyers, will address the seminar at the society’s council chamber on 7 November. Tickets from […]

Mencap calls for lawyers' understanding

Lawyers should be alert to the problems of the mentally disordered when dealing with clients in custody, says charity Mencap. It says lawyers should not hesitate to call in an appropriate adult under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, if they feel a client has difficulty understanding or communicating his or her needs. Mencap […]

Denton Hall firms Czech markets

DENTON Hall aims to extend its capital markets work in the Czech Republic by firming up the country’s regulatory structure. The firm says the Czech regulatory structure may be unable to properly protect the new class of capital markets funding about to come on stream from individual investors, whose funds will be handled by the […]

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