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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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BT brings in two to boost legal team

BT has recruited two lawyers as part of its drive to ramp up its in-house capability across its legal function following the creation of its Openreach division in January. The main beneficiary of the recruitment campaign is BT’s Wholesale division, which provides network services to UK businesses. Thomas Bucknall, the former European counsel of ViewSonic, […]

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Penningtons results show slow growth

South East firm Penningtons has announced its year-end financial results, revealing increases in turnover and profit per equity partner (PEP). PEP crept up just 4 per cent from 2004-05’s £125,000 to £130,000 and turnover grew 10 per cent from £25.9m to £28.5m. Managing partner Lesley Lintott was unavailable for comment. The firm also promoted six associates to […]

CC hires private jet for England while Aussies drink more

After yesterday’s revelations that Field Fisher Waterhouse just don’t give a damn, Clifford Chance shows that it really cares and takes the prize for showiest client event by far at this World Cup. Forget the big screens and the sausages on sticks, CC’s cunning plan involved hiring – get this – a private jet to […]

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