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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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Russell-Cooke to merge with PI boutique

Personal injury boutique Evill & Coleman is to merge with London solicitors Russell-Cooke. The two firms will merge on 1 March, forming a 30-strong personal injury department based in Putney, in addition to Russell-Cooke’s Bedford Row and Kingston-upon-Thames offices. Evill & Coleman’s expertise ranges from clinical negligence cases to personal injury work, including sporting injuries. […]

Straight Britain

Companies need to tighten up their practices to comply with new anti-corruption laws. Daren Allen warns that the UK Government means business It was Lord Falconer who acknowledged that corruption “weakens democracies, harms economies, impedes sustainable development and can undermine respect for human rights by supporting corrupt governments, with widespread destabilising consequences”. The launch of […]

Lloyds TSB ignites corporate and litigation clash at Herbies

Mahme Trust case pitches litigation team against corporate department’s darling Lloyds; lack of conflicts protocol highlighted Herbert Smith’s corporate and litigation practices have clashed over the firm’s decision to accept an instruction to sue Lloyds TSB Bank. It is understood that there is mounting frustration in the corporate department that the firm accepted instructions in ongoing litigation against Lloyds. The […]

SIF reports £20m growth in accumulated surplus

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) last week reported an increase in its accumulated surplus of more than £20m. The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) last week reported an increase in its accumulated surplus of more than £20m. In the last financial year, the fund’s accumulated surplus, or net profit, rose from £33.6m to £55.4m. Meanwhile, the number […]

The long arm of the law

With jurisdiction boundaries becoming increasingly blurred, managers have to be extra careful that they don’t fall foul of the law. Arun Srivastava reports Managers of global businesses face an increasingly difficult job managing legal risks arising from business operations carried out across national borders. There has been an increasing trend in legislatures in the UK […]

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