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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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Going for gold

Tulkinghorn is amazed at the effect that a little sun has on the sporting endeavours of this country. As soon as there is a sniff of sunshine, lumpen grey forms start staggering round the local park. And it seems the same bug affects lawyers. First, we have Mark Sarnowski, a solicitor at Charles Lucas & […]

Mishcon equity partners left nonplussed as 1996 accounts fiasco remains unresolved

Mishcon de Reya has not fully signed off any of its accounts since 1996, leaving former and existing equity partners unsure about their account balance for that year. Mishcon claims that it has not finalised the accounts because a financial dispute involving equity partners who left the firm in 1995 has not been resolved. Mishcon […]

Question time

Tulkinghorn hears of high jinks in the North East, where Dickinson Dees is hiring a local theatre to put on its very own gameshow later this month.While the firm’s results this year suggest that playing Who wants to be a Millionaire? would be a little bit optimistic, the firm has opted for a hybrid. Whether […]

DOJ takes on three for antitrust team

The antitrust division of the Department of Justice is taking on three more lawyers as it reshuffles its team under the new administration. Co-chair of anti-trust litigation at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, Deborah Platt, joins as deputy assistant attorney general in charge of civil enforcement, and Hunton & Williams partner Hewitt Pate joins as […]

Decisions, decisions

With banks increasingly involved in a wide range of disputes, Gregory Mitchell QC of 3 Verulam Buildings highlights the most interesting cases in the last twelve months Undue influenceThe Court of Appeal held in Barclays Bank Goff that the bank had done enough by requiring a solicitor to advise the wife, following its 1998 decision […]

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