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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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Eversheds partner joins Govt financing agency

Eversheds litigation partner Nicholas Ridley has left the firm’s London office to become the new general counsel of a powerful government department involved with major international financing deals. Ridley takes up his new position as general counsel of the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) on 14 June. Ridley, who will also be joining ECGD’s management […]

Manches drops '& Co' for slimline look

First cameron mcKenna fiddled with its capitals, then edge ellison dropped its (capital) e’s. Now Manches & Co is taking the bold step of modernising its image by dropping the ‘& Co’ from its name. The firm will now be known simply as Manches. Alasdair Simpson, Manches’ senior partner, says: “It is complementary to a […]

In brief: Holman Fenwick & Willan

Holman Fenwick & Willan, one of the country’s leading shipping firms, has made up eight new partners to bring its partner total to 79. Five with specialisations ranging from marine and admiralty law to reinsurance, commercial litigation and international trade law will be based in the London office. Two marine and commercial litigators make partner […]

Can lawyers manage?

He has had enough. Two-and-a-half years into a four-year term Theodore Goddard’s managing partner Peter Kavanagh has called time on being both a lawyer and a manager and returned to full-time fee earning. Kavanagh tells The Lawyer (see City Profile, page 17) that he planned to split the management and legal role 50-50, but looking […]

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