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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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Ashurst, Herbies ride out tough year; BLP, Macfarlanes, SJ Berwin succumb

Ashurst, Herbies ride out tough year; BLP, Macfarlanes, SJ Berwin succumb” />The silver circle has enjoyed mixed fortunes over the past financial year, with Ashurst and Herbert Smith powering ahead, while Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin have faltered. Travers Smith, the final firm in the group of top-ranked UK-headquartered firms, has yet to […]

Slaughters and A&O on Santander’s A&L bid

Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy (A&O) have bagged lead roles on Banco Santander’s £1.25bn recommended offer for Alliance & Leicester. Slaughters corporate head Frances Murphy is leading the advice for Santander as part of an integrated team that includes Uría Menéndez in Spain and Davis Polk & Wardwell in the US. A&O corporate […]

Desmond Browne QC takes Bar Council reins

The joint head of media set 5 Raymond Buildings, Desmond Browne QC, has been elected as the next chairman of the Bar Council, it was announced today (16 July) Browne, who is the current vice chair and also chaired the Bar’s working group on the Legal Services Act, will take over from Tim Dutton QC […]

Offshore has more than just the sun to offer

What a choice – rainswept UK or sun-soaked Bermuda or the Cayman Islands. What a choice – rainswept UK or sun-soaked Bermuda or the Cayman Islands. Traditionally, the offshore legal world has been dogged by a questionable ­reputation. Yet as jurisdictions such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Channel Islands […]

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