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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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Carter-Ruck calls for libel reform

Veteran libel law guru, Peter Carter-Ruck has called for an overhaul of the way defamation cases are run. Speaking at a seminar in Disneyland where the senior consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners went head-to-head with Private Eye editor, Ian Hislop, he said: “I think it is scandalous there is no legal aid for defamation. […]

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Freshfields has advised Banco Espirito Santo on arranging a euro727m (u486.6m) commercial bank facility for the funding of the Portuguese Northern Toll Road Concession. Mota & Companhia led a number of Portuguese contractors which sponsored the project. David Winfield

Square Mile

Law firms have always been a good source of precedent-setting cases in the employment field. For example, one small firm’s failure to take on a black secretary provided interesting case law on the burden of proof in discrimination law cases. Or when a larger firm argued at a tribunal hearing that it was only liable […]

Hot air from the Windy City?

It was somewhere between the Rat Pack and Reservoir Dogs. Last week’s front page of The Lawyer carried a photo of four men in suits striding purposefully down a City street. The image, and other publicity shots from the men’s PR agency, heralded the arrival of yet another US firm in London, this time Chicago’s […]

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