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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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Blue chips gunning for legal panels

BP’s decision to slash the number of law firms it uses is just the latest example of a rationalisation trend, says Mike Yuille. City pages edited by Richard Tyler. Petrochemicals giant BP is the latest blue-chip company to join the “panel beaters” club after revealing to The Lawyer last week that it plans to reduce […]

Shadbolt enters HK

Reigate-based Shadbolt & Co – a niche construction law practice set up by the former head of McKenna & Co’s construction department – has opened a two-lawyer Hong Kong office, to be run by former Simmons & Simmons partner Colin Dodd.

No good from hypnosis case

Paul McKenna I read with some surprise the comments made by Martin Smith of Martin Smith & Co in Roger Pearson’s article (The Lawyer, 22 September, page 18). I was the subject of the action brought by Mr Gates. I am responding to Smith’s suggestion that “some good has come of the action”. The findings […]

Conveyancing revolution hits the high street

Estate Agent Hambro Countrywide is tactful enough not to say it was as easy as taking candy from the proverbial baby. But in setting up Hambro Countrywide Conveyancing (HCC), Hambro met about as much opposition from the profession as the All Blacks get from the Welsh rugby team. “If you look at the profession, it […]

Clifford Chance leads final bid to rescue Russian debts

Clifford Chance lawyers will make a final attempt this week to strike a deal for Western banks with the Russian central bank on how businesses and institutions there will repay billions of dollars in defaulted domestic debt. The lawyers have until 17 November, when the 90-day debt moratorium imposed by the Russian government expires. If […]

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