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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Bristows, Taylor Wessing alumni spirit away human genome case

Bristows, Taylor Wessing alumni spirit away human genome case” />Two of the biggest names in IP, Bristows and Taylor Wessing, have missed out on the UK’s first-ever human genome patent litigation after the loss of key litigation partners. Penny Gilbert, who left Bristows in March to set up IP boutique Powell Gilbert, is acting for […]

Taylor wessing seals hilton foods float

One of Tesco’s key meat packaging suppliers Hilton Foods has announced its planned flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Taylor Wessing is advising the company on its listing for up to £110m next month as part of the group’s strategy to expand its business into Europe. Head of private capital Tim Eyles is leading for […]

‘Sack’ in haste, repent at leisure

So, Meic Sullivan-Gould, the energetic borough solicitor at the London Borough of Hackney, has left (see page 5). Hackney portrays Sullivan-Gould’s departure as an amicable split. But when one of your staff is given just five days to move on (including the weekend), it doesn’t quite wash. Sullivan-Gould left as part of a management shake-up […]

Keoghs’ non-legal staff given equality

Keoghs has levelled its career structure to give non-legal staff the same status as the firm’s lawyers. The firm wants non-legally qualified staff, such as IT and HR managers, to become associates. HR director at Keoghs Frances Cross said: “We have quite a good staff retention rate: it’s currently at 11 per cent, which is […]

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