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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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SJ Berwin hires partner in bid to build insolvency practice

SJ Berwin is poaching a key Hammond Suddards partner as part of a plan to raise its insolvency law profile. Adam Plainer will leave Hammonds with only two insolvency partners in its London office – Ian Searle and Tim Pope. He brings the number of insolvency partners at SJ Berwin to four. He joins Geoff […]

The St Valentine’s Day Massacre

On 14 February, the bitter battle between the Bank of Scotland and the Royal Bank of Scotland to take over NatWest came to an end. Dearbail Jordan tells the story. When the BBC broadcast a lunchtime bulletin about the Bank of Scotland’s (BoS) daredevil hostile £20.8bn bid for National Westminster Bank on 24 September 1999, […]

Denton Wilde’s French target split over tie-up

Denton Wilde Sapte’s plan to create a European super-firm is in doubt because its French target has entered arbitration talks to resolve an internal dispute over the proposed merger. Sales Vincent & Associes, part of the Denton International Network since 1995, is “split down the middle” over whether to proceed. It is thought six of […]

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