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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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Sweden’s courts fall foul of ECJ

Sweden faces censure from the European Commission for failing to refer enough cases to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The Commission has called for Swedish courts to refer more cases involving interpretation of EU law to the ECJ, arguing that with only three referrals since 2001 Sweden is breaking its EU treaty obligations. Brussels […]

Australia set to unify defamation legislation

Australia could introduce uniform national defamation laws after the country’s eight states and territories agreed earlier this month to support the development of new legislation. The claim comes after the states and territories unanimously voiced their support of a model bill for the laws proposed by the New South Wales government at a meeting of […]

DLA hires Pinsents’ IP head to lead Birmingham push

DLA has stolen Pinsents head of intellectual property to kickstart its Birmingham IP practice. Highly rated partner Marie McMorrow, who is head of both Pinsents IP and automotive groups, will join DLA on 6 December, bringing with her senior associate Colin Leech. Her clients include Avon Cosmetics and Unomedical. The move signals DLA’s push into […]

UK Supreme Court’s costs estimated at £7m per year

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, gave evidence to the Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee last week, estimating the cost of the proposed Supreme Court to be £7m per year. It is a figure that will concern many. Currently, the cost of the Law Lords sitting in the House of Lords is a little over […]

Eversheds consolidates Midlands management

Eversheds has announced plans to consolidate its Midlands offices under one management team. This follows a similar process instituted in the North and South. Cardiff, Birmingham and Nottingham will operate under one banner, the Central region, and with one management team from May 1, 2005. Eversheds’ managing partner David Gray explained that the restructuring means […]

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