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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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Intellectual rigour

When it comes to innovation in the field of IP, Guernsey is leagues ahead of its competitors, both on and offshore. By Elaine Gray One offshore powerhouse is leading the way on ­innovative IP initiatives. As an offshore giant, Guernsey is already recognised ­internationally as a responsible, mature and well-regulated jurisdiction – its inclusion on the ­Organisation for Economic ­Cooperation and […]

RSA names new legal chief

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Sign of The Times

The gossip mongers work hard in Fleet Street so when news that The Times’ most senior lawyer Alastair Brett had left the paper abruptly on Friday (16 July) it didn’t take long for his peers to surmise that he had fallen out with someone. Brett has been a stalwart of The Times and Sunday Times […]

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All’s well that Halliwells

After weeks of negotiations, three firms will carve up the bulk of failed firm Halliwells (see story). The deal went down to the wire with a second potentially client-alienating 10-day period, in which Halliwells had to either do a deal or go into administration, ending yesterday. So that’s good news for the Manchester insurance, corporate, […]

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