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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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Shearman's Paris chief deserts to Hammonds

FORMER Shearman & Sterling managing partner William Lee will this week join City firm Hammond Suddards. Lee, who managed the Paris office of the US firm, will take a consultative role in the corporate finance department as part of a strategic move to expand in the UK and internationally. He says: “Hammonds is a firm […]

Fraser Younson

One of the gurus of employment law in the City, Fraser Younson is setting up his own department at McDermotts. Sean Farrell examines the details.

New partner numbers down at Freshfields

Freshfields has dropped the number of annual partner promotions by a third and has continued to shun London lawyers in favour of its overseas offices. Last year the firm made up 17 of its lawyers to partner level, while this year the number is down to 11. Only four in the London office have joined […]

Oyster farmer seeks damages on appeal

Roger Pearson reports on a Cornish oyster farmer granted a second chance to sue Plymouth Council for loss of earnings. A CORNISH oyster farmer has won the right to mount a second damages claim against Plymouth City Council over the loss of oysters he claims were worth u43,000. He says they died as a result […]

Quote of the week

“It appears Nixon is either running a bar in Spain or has enrolled as a student in Aberystwyth” – A spokesman from the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors speculating as to the whereabouts of Carlisle-based solicitor, Garry Nixon, after his practice was shut down this month.

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