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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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Firms go into battle for free trade

Lawyers from the US and UK lined up last week to back comments made by European Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson on the importance of free trade in the context of globalisation. Speaking at the annual British-American Business (BAB) Winston Churchill Lecture last Monday (9 June), Mandelson turned the spotlight on the current US presidential […]

Newcastle firms merge to create Mincoff Jacksons

Two North East firms have merged to create a major player within Newcastle’s second tier. Mincoffs from Tyneside and Jacksons from Teesside will create a 21-partner firm Mincoff Jacksons, with a combined turnover of around £10m, taking it to a size comparable to Newcastle’s Muckle, Sintons or Crutes. Mincoffs senior partner Howard Gold said: “The […]

Blowin’ in the whistle

Plans to give the FSA power to grant immunity to whistleblowers are fine in principle – but clear guidelines are needed, argue Tom Epps and Shula de Jersey. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling recently announced plans to arm the Financial Services Authority (FSA) with statutory powers to grant immunity from prosecution to individuals who […]

Legal Services Act will judge the quick and the dead

The Legal Services Act, allowing law firms to bring in outside investors, presents a powerful opportunity for the bold and a serious threat to the timid. Let’s dispel two myths at the outset. It does not mean that partners can sell 25 per cent of their firm and pocket the proceeds. There might be some […]

Prince Evans settles ex-partner dispute

A legal dispute between niche property firm Prince Evans and its former senior partner Louis Robert has resolved a week before going to trial, with Robert due to begin a partnership role at Winckworth Sherwood today (16 June). As reported in The Lawyer (7 January), three of Prince Evans’ five partners – finance director Robert […]

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