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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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Warning! Even if you’re in disguise, Tulkinghorn will track you down. Last month one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes was invited to take part in a murder mystery night as one of the characters and, happy to oblige, he trooped along to a restaurant in North London to play Herr Kutz (yes, lovers of Sid James and […]

Richards Butler wins judicial review application for GNER against ORR

Richards Butler has succeeded in an application for judicial review on behalf of the Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) against the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). On 27 July Mr Justice Sullivan granted GNER’s request for a judicial review into the ORR’s decision to grant access rights for the East Coast Main Line to Hull […]

Norton Rose, Bird & Bird swoop for Hammonds practice heads

Bird & Bird and Norton Rose are the latest firms to profit from Hammonds’ woes after rated sports head Jonathan Taylor joined the technology, media and telecommunications firm and head of environment Caroline May quit for Norton Rose. May replaces Brian Greenwood as Norton Rose’s environment head after he left for Taylor Wessing earlier this […]

Leo Abse hires Welsh-speaking lawyer duo

South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen has hired two solicitors to reaffirm its commitment to practising in Welsh. Awen Mellick joins the 14-partner firm’s wills and estates group from Gwent-based Gabb and Co and Dylan Roberts joins the commercial team from Eversheds‘ Cardiff office. Managing partner Ian Hopkins commented: “Other firms will have Welsh […]

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