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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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Keeble bags Standard Life

Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson has beaten a slew of other mid-sized firms to secure a lucrative instruction as the leading legal adviser for Standard Life’s new pension product. The firm will become Standard Life’s key adviser for the commercial property investments of its new flagship pension product the Standard Life SIPP (self-invested personal pension). […]

Grapevine

Early dartLast week’s settlement of the mammoth Sumitomo fraud trial has left empty diaries across the bar. The trial, which kicked off just two weeks ago, was set down for 30 weeks. Settling this early means Sumitomo’s counsel Christopher Carr QC and fellow members of One Essex Court are now left twiddling their thumbs and […]

Careers: people

Freeth Cartwright has appointed Ann Critchell-Ward as an associate in its IP and IT team. Critchell-Ward joins from Martineau Johnson, where she worked for eight years. Chelmsford-based firm Wollastons has hired former Olswang lawyer Grace Kerr as a partner in its commercial property department. Kerr has more than 10 years’ experience of mainstream property work. […]

£700m Abacha dispute finally gets to be heard

After five years in limbo, the £700m dispute over funds transferred to the family of the late Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha finally comes to court this week. A two-day case management conference starting today(1 November) will determine security for costs and introduce a new party to the dispute, which has already cost several million pounds in […]

Skeletons for the closet

Opening arguments are far longer in the UK than in the US and long may this continue. By John McDonnell QC The opening speech by Sir John Duke Coleridge (attorney-general, 1871-1873) on behalf of the trustees of the Tichborne Estate was said to be the longest speech on record; but it has been easily surpassed […]

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