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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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Heron debt scheme pulls in the lawyers

Institutional shareholders in international property business Heron Group vote this week on whether to accept a major debt and equity purchasing plan on which Travers Smith Braithwaite and Allen & Overy has advised. The deal involves an offer by HNV Acquisition (HNVA) to acquire Heron International NV’s entire issued share capital, and around u407 million […]

Send in the paralegals

Simon Rogers reports on how an unrecognised workforce could be threatening trainee places in the big law firms While aspiring trainee solicitors contemplate an uncertain destiny, there is one section of the legal population for whom the future seems increasingly bright – paralegals. There is an increasing recognition of the need for staff who are […]

Stand out from the crowd

Differentiating your ‘product’ in a homogeneous market is a tricky business. Consistent branding helps, says Chris Pullen In 1988, Rowe & Maw took the step of commissioning photo-collage artist, Noel Myles, to produce massive collages to illustrate the firm’s new corporate brochure. Lloyd Northover Citigate was employed to produce the brochure itself and establish design […]

Irish Bar to rule on judge ban

THE IRISH Bar Council is to hold an extraordinary general meeting next month to consider the case of the judge whose appointment plunged the country into political crisis. Former Attorney General Harry Whelehan resigned as president of the Irish High Court less than a week after his appointment. He was accused of misleading the Government […]

Phoney lawyers hit charities in 'colossal' legacy scam

ADVISERS to charities are being warned to be wary of letters from phoney lawyers offering fictitious legacies. The fraud, much of it emanating from West Africa, is a type of advanced fee fraud. The letters, purporting to be from lawyers, claim the charity has been left a legacy, and the charity is then asked to […]

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