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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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Call for pause for surgeons

SHERIFF Albert Sheehan is calling for surgeons to consider stopping work for the day if a patient dies on the operating table, claiming the “harrowing experiences” could affect their ability to operate safely on later patients in their list. Sheriff Sheehan made the recommendation following a fatal accident inquiry at Falkirk last week. The Herald

IBA demand access to justice drive in Pakistan

The International Bar Association (IBA) is calling on lawyers in Pakistan to take action in the battle to improve access to justice and demanding judges to “stop meddling in politics”. In a report released on Friday, the IBA targets many areas that it believes require urgent action, including terrorism, children and wo-men’s issues, legal aid […]

Diageo's in-house lawyer quits

The top in-house lawyer at drink and leisure conglomerate Diageo has quit, The Lawyer can reveal. Dr Ken Mildwaters has resigned as general counsel and group legal director, and will leave the company at the end of June. Diageo was formed in 1997 following the merger of leisure giants Guinness and Grand Metropolitan. Mildwaters, who […]

Branding is more than skin deep

It is unfortunate that Sean Brierley (City Column, 11 January) has misrepresented the contribution that marketing provides to legal and other professional firms. He assumes that “marketing” and “branding” are virtually synonymous, which they are not, and goes on to portray marketing people as brand obsessive and akin to ad people, constantly chasing new business […]

Property

Nabarro Nathanson acted for Greenwich NatWest on the disposal of five property-related businesses to the William Pears Group for £21m. The deal included the sale of around 400 houses and flats owned by the five former Business Expansion Scheme companies. Partner Jerome Misso led the Nabarro team, with property aspects handled by a team led […]

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