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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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Amstrad legal ace goes to Hammonds

Amstrad’s head of legal, Richard Hastings, is to join Hammond Suddards’ London office at the end of October and is taking a $200m lawsuit with him. Hastings is organising Amstrad’s on-going legal action against US computer components company Western Digital Corporation and is likely to be kept busy until the middle of next year. Amstrad […]

Prescott faces probe into housing ruling

Roger Pearson reports on an appeal which could find the Deputy Prime Minister guilty of not following his own guidelines. The Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, recently cleared in the High Court of failing to comply with his own guidelines relating to levels of housing in the countryside, is now to face a Court of […]

Environment law in public hands

A United Nations convention finally empowers the public to have a say on environmental issues – but will it have any real effect? Alan Osborn reports. After two years of negotiation involving 37 European countries, a convention to give more power to the public arm over government and industrial decisions affecting the environment was finalised […]

Bakers furious at 'outrageous' claim on Almaty walkout

The founding partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Kazakhstan office has left to set up a new practice amid a bitter war of words with his old firm. Michael Wilson is taking seven other fee earners with him to his new corporate finance and projects firm Michael Wilson & Partners. He told The Lawyer that he […]

Government industrial illness shake-up to cure PI headaches

THE GOVERNMENT is to announce plans that will make it easier for solicitors to identify insurers of companies whose former workers have developed industrial illnesses. The Lawyer understands that the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions will announce the initiative later this month – but is still deciding which of two options to […]

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