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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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City pair act as catalysts in ICI mega-deal

Twenty-three lawyers from Freshfields – including 11 partners – and around 20 from Slaughter and May helped engineer ICI’s massive £4.9bn cash acquisition of Unilever’s four speciality chemicals businesses, National Starch, Quest, Unichema and Crosfield. Unilever had initially put the four businesses up for open auction in February. The company’s chief counsel, Steve Williams, said: […]

CPS lawyers in higher courts next year

CPS lawyers are likely to be prosecuting in Crown Courts by February. Dame Barbara Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has asked the service’s chief crown prosecutors to identify suitable volunteers from within their areas for the course, which all solicitors must take and pass before they can appear in the higher courts. It […]

Morris seizes CPS initiative

The Attorney General, John Morris QC, has taken the highly unusual step of writing directly to CPS staff to explain his reform plans for the service. The letter signals the Government’s determination to adopt a hands-on approach to the running of the service. Morris praises the Director of Public Prosecutions, Dame Barbara Mills QC, in […]

Stage set for contract case

Actress Angharad Cazenove is heading for a distinctly unshowbusiness-like role – in the courtroom. She is taking builder Liam Hicks, who she accuses of abandoning building work, to the High Court for alleged breach of contract. She claims that he owes her £5,000 for the uncompleted work and is suing him for repayment of the […]

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