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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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LGG celebrates 50th anniversary in style

Chris Fogarty reports Twenty-seven former chairs of the Local Government Group (LGG) will be among the 320 guests attending a dinner to celebrate the organisation’s 50th year. The black tie dinner will be the highlight of a four-day LGG conference at Churchill College, Cambridge University, starting on 10 April. “We have 270 delegates, which is […]

A Lord Chancellor equal to the fight

After 10 years at the helm the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, is to step down at the General Election in May. And what an eventful 10 years it has been. Law reform has taken on a new meaning with Lord Mackay. Lord Woolf says Lord Mackay has earned a place in the history books – […]

Playing to a captive audience

The new Guernsey director general of financial services, Peter Crook, is keen to see the island’s financial sector develop. “We have a committee that monitors proposals put forward and I think that, in a way, the captives industry is a good example,” he says. “It has been a very strong growth area for us in […]

Flotations

SJ Berwin advised venture capital trust Murray VCT2 on its £35m share offer by subscription. Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for issue sponsor Merrill Lynch.

Smith Bernal establishes arm in Bermuda

The London-based reporting company Smith Bernal International, which provided the transcription technology for the OJ Simpson trial, has set up an operation in Bermuda. The new arm will provide the same range of reporting services as the company’s offices in London, Hong Kong and Philadelphia. Its chief executive, Graham Smith, said the company chose to […]

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