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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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Rakisons joins Denton Hall for telecoms sale

Denton Hall is acting for Energis on its £352m acquisition of Netherlands-based EnerTel in a move to create one of the largest telecoms groups in Europe. Niche City firm Rakisons is also working on the sale, advising its long-term US client WorldPort Communications on the deal. The US group is the holding company for Dutch […]

Berwins partners defect to Olswang

Olswang has lured two key partners from Berwin Leighton’s highly-respected private equity team. Fabrizio Carpanini and Chris Mackie will join Olswang as soon as they have negotiated their exit from Berwin Leighton. Jonathan Goldstein, chief executive at Olswang, says their arrival will prove a big step in building a full-service practice for new media clients. […]

Leading personal injury lawyer joins Nelsons

Browne Jacobson’s former senior partner, Neville Radcliffe, has joined 36-partner Nottingham firm, Nelsons as a partner. A personal injury specialist, Radcliffe spent nearly 40 years with Browne Jacobson and became senior partner in 1990. He resigned and joined Flint Bishop & Barnett in Derby in 1995. Since qualifying, he has worked solely in the litigation […]

It's been a bad week for…

Marital relations. It is now even easier to get divorced, following the example of Mike Carson of Manchester – the first person to complete his divorce over the internet. Carson and his wife Brenda were embroiled in divorce proceedings for nine years before he discovered Desktop Lawyer, run by Epoch Software. Carson downloaded the relevant […]

Simmons & Simmons launches internet service provider

City law firm Simmons & Simmons launched a free internet service aimed primarily at in-house lawyers and law student. Elexica.com provides free internet access, offers external links to legal research sites and a searchable database. Legal experts will host regular on-line discussions, legal developments in the UK and the EU will be summarised and legal/ […]

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