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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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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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Last weekend saw the great and the good of the legal market head off to Rome for The Lawyer’s annual European In-House Summit. Once the serious work of the seminars had been done it was time to relax at a black tie dinner where, in the face of much groaning and even some heckling, Eversheds […]

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Halliwells is breaking into the North West’s second-largest city through a merger with Liverpool-based Cuff Roberts, it emerged last week. The merger, first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (15 November), takes effect on 1 January 2005 and will give Halliwells a foothold in Liverpool to add to existing offices in Manchester, London and Sheffield. The combined firm, to operate as […]

Adams Canary Wharf launch scoops Waitrose as new client

Adams fledgling Canary Wharf office has won upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose as a new client. The East London firm has won the mandate to advise Waitrose on all legal issues, except real estate work, relating to the supermarket’s Canary Wharf branch. The appointment is a coup for Adams, which opened in Canary Wharf on 1 […]

DLA, BLP predict £500K PEP

Mid-market stars DLA and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) are predicting average profit per partner (PEP) over £500,000 as both post double-digit turn-over growth in the first half of the year. DLA has recorded the best first half-year in its history, with revenues shooting up 23.5 per cent to £145.7m. DLA sources are predicting to break […]

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