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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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In brief: Dibbs poaches KPMG accountant

In a move designed to help it keep ahead of the accountancy firms, Dibb Lupton Broomhead has poached a senior corporate finance accountant from KPMG for its Leeds and Sheffield offices. Peter Scaman, KPMG’s head of corporate finance for the North-Eastern region, will have consultant status in the firm since Law Society rules do not […]

Financing

Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Bankers Trust Company and a syndicate of banks providing IR£400m loan facilities to Independent Newspapers to finance a bid offer for New Zealand newspaper company Wilson and Horton.

CCT seen as potential career path cul-de-sac

Many young lawyers are choosing not to join local government organisations because they fear their career path may be cut short by compulsory competitive tendering. Peter Keith-Lucas, president of the newly merged Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors, says the tendering of council legal services every five years means that many potential local government lawyers […]

Property

Pannone & Partners acted for Manchester Airport in securing an agreement from Radisson SAS Hotels for the building of a £35m luxury hotel at the airport. Finers acted for Radisson.

In brief: Report sounds warning to accountants

Accountants are being warned to diversify to meet the growing competitive threat from lawyers and other professionals. A report by the Institute of Chartered Accountants 2005 working party predicts that audit work income will continue to fall with new technology and that the big six firms could become a “big five” or even a “big […]

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