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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 […]

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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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Special report: Insolvency

For insolvency lawyers the New Year parties are well and truly over as they delve head-first into what could be the busiest 12 months of their careers. In fact, 2009 could be remembered as the year of the insolvency as the number of businesses taken into administration, receivership, liquidation or any of the other more […]

TfL’s Gareth John takes up GC role at Sodexo

Transport for London’s (TfL) director of compliance Gareth John has left the company to take up the general counsel role at facilities management services provider Sodexo. John will be in charge of Sodexo’s UK and Ireland operations, heading a team of around six qualified lawyers. It is understood that TfL will advertise to find a […]

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Freshfields out in the cold as L&G unveils new panel

Magic circle firm ditched despite FSA triumph; BLP clings on after Veneik debacle. Allen & Overy (A&O) has usurped Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on Legal & General’s (L&G) panel after the insurer completed a full review of its legal advisers. Freshfields is the only magic circle firm not to win a place on the new three-year […]

Beachcroft broadens international links

Beachcroft has unveiled a new international strategy that will include best friends in Europe, a presence in Dublin and a joint venture in India. The firm will set up an office in Dublin ­specialising in professional indemnity and personal injury. It has also entered into a joint-venture arrangement with Indian firm Khaitan Jayakar Sud & […]

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