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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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Viruses poison client relationships

A new survey has revealed that UK law firms are losing clients as a result of computer viruses. Of the senior partners surveyed, 6 per cent admitted that they had lost clients, or had client relationships damaged, by attacks on their computer systems, reveals the survey by NOP World/Evolution Systems. The recent plethora of viruses […]

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Linda Urquhart, chief executive, Morton Fraser, Edinburgh What was your first ever job?Sales assistant in a record shop. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Being pitched into a Court of Session case that had been ill-prepared and with no proper briefing. Counsel ended up growling at me as he was being asked difficult questions […]

A&O faces fresh conflict storm with dual bid role

Law Society okays A&O to advise bidder and target on KKR deal; Morley made the call for clearance Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley personally contacted the Law Society to get clearance to act for both bidder and target on a public deal in the Netherlands. Private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & […]

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