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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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Pop world battle

The latest pop world clash heading for the High Court is between chart-topping girl group All Saints and their former manager John Benson. Benson is suing the group for an estimated u2.5m following his dismissal in January this year. He claims that he had a contract to manage the group until the year 2001 and […]

In brief: Beachcroft Stanleys

Beachcroft Stanleys has concluded a deal for Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust to modernise the existing County Hospital as part of the first wave of private finance initiatives. Mercia Healthcare will manage the site and support facilities for 30 years at a total cost of £470m.

Financings

McDermott Will & Emery is advising Peel Holdings in connection with the proposed cancellation and repayment of Preference Shares. Holders of the shares will receive 120p per share from Peel’s current cash resources. Head of the corporate department at McDermotts London office

Croydon Council hands largest legal contract to Wragge & Co

Wragge & Co has won Croydon Borough Council’s largest legal service contract following the local authority’s review of its legal firms.The review follows the end of Croydon’s five-year contract with local firm Stonehams. The council will decide whether to keep its panel of additional firms – Bevan Ashford, Blake Lapthorn and Speechly Bircham – over […]

Digests

Bournemouth Borough Council is suing WH Saunders & Son of Southampton; LG Mouchal & Partners of West Byfleet; and Technical Timber Services of Romsey. The claim against WH Saunders and LG Mouchal is for damages for alleged breach of contracts made between 1984 and 1986 and negligence over the design, specification, and supervision of building […]

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