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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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Brobeck Phleger opens North Virginia IP office

San Francisco firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is taking on five intellectual property partners to boost its Washington DC office and launch a new outpost in Northern Virginia. The technology firm opened the Washington office last year and these are the first IP lawyers to join the practice. The new office will be just 15 […]

Bristol barristers beat the Woolf from their door

With its successful insurance litgation practices and the popularity of the Mercantile Court, Bristol is one of the few regions where barristers are actually benefiting from the introduction of the Woolf Reforms. Bal Khela reports Unlike many other barristers, those currently practising in Bristol actually claim to have witnessed an increase in litigation as a […]

The South West & Wales: CHOSEN COUNSEL

Counsel used recently by the Welsh National Assembly: Jonathan Crowe, 4 Stone Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn, London. Advised on contract and procurement of IT services. Michael Farmer QC, Sedan House Chambers, Chester. Nominated to conduct investigation regarding disciplinary proceedings for the chief executive of Vale of Glamorgan council. Kenneth Howells, 9 Stone Buildings, London. Advised on […]

DLA adds Italy to D&P international alliance

DLA is about to sign up Italian firm De Berti Jacchia Perno & Associati to its D&P alliance. If De Berti Jacchia agrees, as is expected by the end of the month, then the alliance will be recognised from January 2001. The international alliance of DLA has members in France, Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands. […]

The South West & Wales: the quiet life?

Those who have made the move from the City are overwhelmingly positive about their experience in the regions. Perhaps you would expect as much, but their evidence is convincing nonetheless. Michelle Thomas left Freshfields in London for Eversheds‘ Cardiff office in October. Besides returning home, she had made a conscious decision to change her lifestyle. […]

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