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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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UK and US offices join in pay-out fight

Lovell White Durrant’s Chicago and London offices combined to help a reinsurance client win the first round of a mammoth battle with the liquidators of General Electric’s insurance company, Emlico. Emlico, set up by General Electric solely to handle GE’s insurance, moved from Massachusetts to Bermuda in 1995 shortly before it went into liquidation owing […]

BVCA calls for action on accountants' liability pact

The British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is asking the Office of Fair Trading to refer to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) an agreement by the Big Six accountancy firms on limiting their liability. Travers Smith Braithwaite corporate partner Margaret Chamberlain, a member of the BVCA’s legal committee, has helped draw up the organisation’s representations […]

Society stalls property plan

The New Law Journal is right to complain in its 24 January issue that the question of solicitors’ property centres should not be discussed by the Law Society’s council behind closed doors, nor should discussion of the proposal have been deferred. When I chaired the British Legal Association I wrote to every local law society […]

Milbanks makes Angoorly up to partner in Singapore office

US firm Milbank Tweed Had- ley & McCloy has responded to the need for English law in the Far East by electing Caroline Angoorly as a partner in its Singapore office. Angoorly, who is a qualified barrister as well as a solicitor, will be responsible for leading the firm’s English law practice in Asia. She […]

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