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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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The number of appeals heard in the Court of Appeal’s civil division has dropped by 14 per cent in the last year, following a general trend that is seeing fewer cases coming to trial. The finding was published in the court’s review of 2003-04. Applications for appeal have also dropped, from 3,182 in 2002-03 to […]

The trouble with Italy …

In a world where the global brand is king, you can still count on resistance in the oddest places. The big international law firms still can’t crack Italy. Three years ago, Clifford Chance was destabilised after Grimaldi’s team left. Freshfields had its own set of defections when a team left to form Lega Colucci. Then […]

Beachcrofts makes triple hire for construction

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has bolstered its construction team with the hire of three new partners. In London Tony Blackler joins Beachcrofts from Macfarlanes, where he was a partner in the firm’s property group. Blackler specialises in contentious construction work, but also has a non-contentious practice. Meanwhile, in Birmingham and Bristol respectively, Beachcrofts has recruited Shoosmiths associate […]

MoD demands more value from advisers

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is asking its external lawyers to be more accountable and to offer added value. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is asking its external lawyers to be more accountable and to offer added value. The move follows the launch of a new private finance unit last week, to be headed by Nick Prior, […]

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Government must address questions of clarity and responsibility before ID cards will be accepted The Government argues that the Identity Cards Bill is essential in order to adequately manage national security and prevent identity fraud. But is this really the case? Many EU countries do have a compulsory identity card scheme and yet there is […]

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