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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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Lloyd's fails to block names' fraud claim

Roger Pearson reports on a bid by the insurance giant to block claims against the company of fraudulent misrepresentation Lloyd’s has failed to block one of the first major High Court battles of 2000, in which the insurer faces fraud allegations. The Appeal Court has paved the way for continuation of the bitterly contested action […]

US firms raid Nabarros for property partners

US firms in London are making a major move into real estate work following the poaching of two property partners from Nabarro Nathanson. Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office has lured Nabarros partner Donna Stringer as its first property lawyer. She will provide support to the firm’s international corporate and finance practices and will be […]

Slaughters advises on Barings damages claim

A trial date has been set for the Barings case in which the former bank is seeking damages of u1bn from its auditors. The case will take place in early 2001 at London’s High Court, five years after the bank collapsed with losses of u860m run up by rogue trader Nick Leeson. Michael Brindle QC […]

Ex-spy sues for rights of free expression

The Law Lords are to hear an appeal brought by one of the UK’s most infamous spies, George Blake. Blake is fighting to have a court order lifted that freezes the profits of his recent autobiography. After considering the matter in private, Lords Nicholls, Hutton and Hobhouse have now granted leave for appeal against the […]

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