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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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Jobless lawyers thrown holiday lifeline

Lawyers have been offered a discount on around-the-world trips if they prove they have been made redundant. Dragoman, a Suffolk-based travel company, has spotted a gap in the market and said that it will give 10 per cent off its holidays for anybody showing their P45 to its sales reps. Managing director Adam Dixon-Smith said: […]

End of the road?

Legislation had already eroded some of the benefits of investing offshore, but is the credit crunch the final nail in the coffin? Gary Telford and Helen Bucktrout report Recent turmoil in the ­banking sector has led to widespread investor concern over the safety of deposits. With the news of bank failures and Iceland’s collapsed banking […]

The Lawyer In-House Summit, 6-8 November

Two days of frenetic networking and learning have come to an end, and it’s been a memorable time in Berlin. I haven’t had space to write about half of what’s been going on. So here’s a taste of what else was on offer. Adlon Hotel, Berlin, Friday afternon, 17:00 GMT Two days of frenetic networking […]

Redeeming features

The financial crisis has sparked a flurry of investors seeking to redeem their investments. Funds with adequate safeguards in place will be the ones that survive, say Sandie Corbett and Caroline Williams Stresses from the subprime meltdown and other recent events in the banking sector have had an adverse impact on certain hedge funds, taking […]

Taylor Wessing half-year: turnover down 1 per cent

Taylor Wessing‘s half-year UK revenues have decreased by 1 per cent on the same period last year to £42.6m. However, growth overseas has taken total turnover for the half-year at the firm up by 9 per cent to £84.7m, with fees billed in foreign offices now having almost overtaken the UK. A spokesperson for the […]

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