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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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Shearmans and Stamford joint venture under review

Shearman & Sterling and Singapore firm Stamford are reviewing their joint venture after discontent on both sides has led to mounting tension in the office As yet there has been no formal decision to terminate the year-old venture, but several options are being considered for its future.A source within the joint venture cited an inequality […]

What next, Legwarmers?

Yet more news of problems with this trendy thing they call ‘casual dress’. Tulkinghorn cannot abide such a thing and has been presented with yet more evidence of its failure in the workplace. It appears that DJ Freeman Laurence Harris has been letting the side down by wearing inappropriate attire to work. Tulkinghorn (himself a […]

BIRKETT LONG

After conquering Essex, Birkett Long is now attacking London Birkett Long’s three offices would form a triangle across Essex if you joined up the dots between their locations, a geometric quirk that allows the firm to lay claim to the whole county as its target market area.It has been a busy couple of months for […]

Priddis creates OFT policy adviser role

Simon Priddis, the first lawyer to become Director of Mergers at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), has created a new post of policy adviser for the whole of the mergers branch The troubleshooting role has a huge remit that includes promoting transparency at the OFT and considering a faster timetable for merger applications.Priddis is […]

Legal Widow

It’s been the week of school sports days, which generally means cheering on puffing children, a consolation visit to McDonald’s and that unconvincing speech on how it’s taking part that matters. Deminimus, however, has been studying Montaigne and Carlyle in history (my goodness, whatever happened to Motte and Bailey Castles and the spinning jenny?) and […]

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