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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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US calls for international law to fight corruption

US law enforcers are calling for global anti-corruption measures so deals can be conducted on a level playing field. US companies have lost $20bn (£12.5bn) in foreign deals since the introduction of its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, according to Peter Clark, deputy chief of the criminal fraud division of the Department of Justice. He says […]

Hoon urges Foil head to run for Parliament

The president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil), Martin Bruffell, is considering running for Parliament as a Labour Party candidate. Bruffell is being urged to run by his close friend Geoff Hoon, the Foreign Office minister and one-time second-in-command to Lord Irvine in the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Bruffell – who is also managing partner […]

Property

Norton Rose advised Helical Bar on the £18m sale of 8-10 Mansion House Place, EC4 to the British Arab Commercial Bank. (The buyer intends to occupy the building by the end of January 2000.) Jonathan Ody, property partner at Norton Rose, led the team on the deal, with property partner David Sinclair and construction partner […]

BA to boost competition law capacity

British Airways (BA) is bolstering its in-house legal team with the appointment of a senior competition lawyer. It is understood that the appointed lawyer will advise on a range of regulatory matters and will have autonomous control of the area. The new head of legal will also have responsibility for coordinating BA’s outside lawyers in […]

A wake-up call for regional firms

Having staked their claims in the capital, the US giants are descending on cities further north. The news that Reed Smith Shaw & McClay is eyeing up the Midlands comes as good news for the Government which can claim a nationwide economic recovery. But it is a salutory message for firms outside London which have […]

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