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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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Designers appeal to Lords

Designers Guild and Russell Williams (Textiles) may go to the House of Lords in a copyright tussle. Designers Guild successfully sued Russell Williams in the High Court last year, alleging infringement of copyright in one of its fabric designs. However, Russell Williams succeeded in overturning the decision on appeal. The Appeal Court ruled there had […]

Robert Hunter

Nick Gillies meets Robert Hunter, the man at the heart of Allen & Overy’s trust, asset tracing and fraud group. Friday morning at the High Court and the benches are packed with barristers eager to get on with their applications. Robert Hunter – recently voted one of the five outstanding practitioners in civil fraud – […]

UK firms lead the way

This week The Lawyer 100 survey reveals that lawyers are contributing more than two per cent of the UK’s gross domestic product. The flip side of the top 100 firms earning over u5bn in gross fees is that clients are spending a record amount for legal advice. The question they may start to ask is […]

Putting a bet on CFAs

Last week, Linklaters’ head of advocacy, Mark Humphries, bought a racehorse and called it “No Win, No Fee”. His purchase coincides with his firm’s announcement that it will be the first magic circle law firm to advise clients to enter into conditional fee agreements (CFAs) as policy in certain cases. Linklaters is hedging its bets […]

Cornhill Insurance cuts advisers to reduce costs

Cornhill Insurance is cutting down the number of its external legal advisers as part of a cost-cutting exercise. The law firms facing the axe are those providing insurance litigation advice to Cornhill’s claims and services department. According to industry sources, Cornhill will send out invitations to tender to a selected number of firms in late […]

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