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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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Dibbs fights changes in internet law

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Brussels office is launching a campaign to fight the European Commission over plans to change the laws covering e-commerce. The EU wants to make companies trading on the internet subject to the different laws of all 15 member states. “It would be an untenable situation,” says Mike Pullen, an associate in Dibbs’ […]

Leading the market in the North

When it comes to the regions, it is difficult to imagine a more competitive marketplace than Leeds. Yet not content to simply defend their regional turf, the major Leeds firms are setting their sights on the City and Europe. It is generally acknowledged that there are six main players in the Leeds market: Addleshaw Booth […]

ICL gains Simmons partner

Simmons & Simmons’ long-standing corporate partner Richard Allnutt is leaving to join global IT services supplier ICL where he will head the legal department. Allnutt – a heavyweight in Simmons’ corporate department where he has been a partner for 12 years – is due to join ICL’s legal department of 20 lawyers as group counsel […]

Simmons loses top IT lawyer

A leading member of Simmons & Simmons’ IT department is leaving to join Field Fisher Waterhouse. Paul Barton is a senior solicitor in the department and is joining Field Fisher Waterhouse as a partner. He says he has been leading the IT team at Simmons & Simmons and that he is credited with making the […]

Kingsford Stacey opens PI department

London firm Kingsford Stacey Blackwell is due to open a specialist personal injury claims unit this week staffed by 60 lawyers, making it one of the largest in the UK. Kingsford Stacey went on a massive recruitment drive in May, bringing in 50 new fee earners to deal with calls from the public. The firm […]

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