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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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Luvvies strike poses problems for film finance lawyers as union flexes muscles

A predicted bonanza for film finance lawyers hangs in the balance as an actors strike in the US threatens to spread to Europe. New guidelines for the potential Screen Actors Guild (SAG) strike pose a serious threat to film finance lawyers, who were expecting to benefit from a temporary shutdown in Hollywood. SAG is ordering […]

Opinion

On 28 February, the Law Society debated reforms for self-modernisation, including a five-year strategic plan to promote solicitors as belonging to an independent and effectively regulated profession. The absurdity of the Law Society, in the face of a changing world, continuing to regulate only solicitors and not lawyers generally, is demonstrated in two recent cases, […]

Herbert Smith

Position: First Important cases at the Court of Appeal from October 1999-July 2000: Gillatt v Sky TV – Herbert Smith acted for Sky TV. The case determined that the value of shares in a private company are determined by an independent chartered accountant and there was no question of breaking down the process in this […]

deal of the week – swiss life

Manchester niche commercial firm Perkins & Company now advises insurance giant Swiss Life on the majority of its UK property needs. The client was introduced by head of property Clive Bleasdale when he joined from Berrymans Lace Mawer 14 months ago. Since then, Bleasdale has advised Swiss Life on the acquisition of offices at Cannon […]

LEGAL WIDOW

The Lawyer’s beloved secretary has gone on extended sick leave as the result of some appalling accident at the salsa class she teaches in her spare time, which has put half the class in traction. It means, of course, that the Lawyer has been assigned a new secretary from the admin pool. “Do they all […]

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