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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 […]

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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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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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GE ditches Amersham company secretary

After its takeover of FTSE 100 company Amersham, GE Healthcare has parted company with Amersham’s company secretary and top lawyer Robert Allnutt. US giant General Electric’s takeover of the UK company and its subsequent withdrawal from the London Stock Exchange means that the role of company secretary has become redundant. GE Healthcare’s Peter Solmssen has […]

Turnover continues to rise at Watson Burton

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has enjoyed a second record year, with turnover up 29 per cent. The firm posted figures of £13.8m for the financial year to 30 April, up from £10.7m in 2003. Revenues in 2003 grew by 27 per cent from 2002’s £8m. Growth within departments this year ranged from 20 to 40 […]

Scottish firms gain as Ketchen & Stevens lawyers scatter

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Bishop Longbotham & Bagnall Solicitors (or, as it would prefer to be known in these days of abbreviated law firm names, BL&B Solicitors) perhaps sums up the dilemma faced by many established regional firms early in the 21st century. Should they keep the faith and retain tried-and-trusted ways of doing things, or jettison the status […]

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