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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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South-West firm Bond Pearce and Birmingham set 5 Fountain Court are preparing to play key roles in the first major planning inquiry since that for Heathrow’s Terminal Five. The public inquiry into Associated British Ports’ (ABP) proposed £600m development of a deep-water container terminal at Dibden Bay, Southampton Water, is due to start on 30 […]

Deal of the week – claims direct Ashursts scoops Ware-Lane Claims Direct job

Ashurst Morris Crisp has done its first big deal for private investor Simon Ware-Lane, advising on his complex acquisition of shares in Claims Direct.Ware-Lane instructed the firm after coming across it during the initial public offering of Fitness First, in which he is an investor. On this deal Ashursts advised the issuer.For his most recent […]

Why not drop everything?

What would you do if hundreds of lawyers came from out of the sky, descending on your back yard in much the same way as Robert Maxwell’s busy team of legal advisers must have descended on his victims in times gone by?That’s exactly what’s going to be happening this October when several hundred ‘leaping lawyers’ […]

CC sets up Korean swap shop scheme

Clifford Chance is establishing a stronger presence in Korea through a lawyer secondment programme with local firm Shin & Kim. Prohibited from opening its own office in Korea, Clifford Chance has come up with this initiative to work around restrictions and service its growing Korean practice, currently run from Hong Kong.Negotiations are underway to establish […]

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