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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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Fayed pays Finers after visit from Sheriff

Mohammed Al Fayed has paid the £36,000 legal costs of West End firm, Finers, after the firm sent the Sheriff of London’s men to his house. Finers partner Philip Rubens, acting for Emanouel Antiques got Al Fayed’s six-year-old civil damages claim against the dealer struck out in the Court of Appeal last August and Fayed […]

Edes continues to strengthen its team

Arthur Andersen’s affiliated law firm, Ede Charlton & Co in Hong Kong, has snatched a partner from Holman Fenwick & Willan’s Hong Kong office as it continues to expand its operation in the city. Gavin Nesbitt, a corporate finance partner at Holman Fenwick, recently joined the firm where he will be a partner in its […]

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The International Bar Association is seeking nominations for its Bernard Simons Memorial Prize. The award was set up in 1995 to reward practising criminal lawyers for their efforts in advancing human rights. Lawyers can enter themselves or alternatively legal practitioners, Bar associations or other interested parties can present nominations. Entries close on 8 June. Nominations […]

US regulator sides with Lovells in fraud claims against insurers

In the battle over the controversial liquidation of Emlico, General Electric’s captive insurer, the Massachusetts insurance regulator appears to be swinging to the side of Lovell White Durrant and its reinsurance client Kemper Re. Lovells and Kemper Re have been claiming for the past two years that Emlico moved from Massachusetts to Bermuda so that […]

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