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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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Keeping the conflicts out

Running a charity, like any other activity, is subject to changes in fashion, and its own species of political correctness. In recent years two competing fashions have come into conflict. It will be interesting to see how the trendiest charities resolve it. The enactment of the new charities legislation in the early 1990s heralded a […]

It's been a good week for…

Cigarette companies. After repeated batterings in the courts, the tobacco giants were given a breath of fresh air when the US Supreme Court appeared sceptical of government claims that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had the power to regulate their products. The FDA is trying to ban cigarette sponsorship of sport and limit vending […]

In brief: Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse has poached clinical negligence assistant Caroline Moore from rival Yorkshire firm Wake Smith. Moore says: “I am looking forward to challenges from 1 August when legal aid will only be available to clients of firms with clinical negligence teams.”

Norton Rose in Asia poaches A&O expert

Norton Rose is poaching an Allen & Overy international corporate finance expert in a bid to strengthen its presence in Asia. Chris Moore, an assistant in A&O’s Frankfurt office, left this month. He will become a partner when he joins Norton Rose’s Singapore office in January. Moore’s arrival at Norton Rose will push the number […]

Matthew Harris on parallel importation after the Davidoff case

Matthew Harris is a senior solicitor in Herbert Smith’s intellectual property and technology group. A recent decision by the English High Court is good news for parallel importers of goods from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and has added to the significant controversy attached to grey-market dealing. In Zino Davidoff SA v A&G Imports, […]

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