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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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CC, Links bolster São Paulo offices

Magic circle firms Clifford Chance and Linklaters have underscored their commitment to Latin America by ramping up their capabilities in São Paulo. Clifford ;Chance ;has ­permanently relocated ­London capital markets partner Anthony Oldfield to the Brazilian city, while ­Linklaters has launched an aggressive recruitment drive to bulk up in the region. Oldfield, who is currently […]

SFO must swallow its medicine after falling short in NHS price-fixing case

To join the debate on the Law Lords upholding the SFO’s decision to drop the BAE bribery probe, click here. ———————————————————— The collapse of one of the longest and most expensive ­Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecutions has raised serious questions about the future direction of the ­government department. As reported on TheLawyer.com (11 July), Mr […]

Pinsents property partner defects to BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Pinsent Masons property partner Andrew Yates as joint head of regeneration and public sector. He will co-head the practice alongside Lesley-Anne Avis. Yates specialises in property development and ­funding, including commercial property work and secured lending, leisure and retail premises, institutional purchases, joint ­ventures and property insolvency. Yates has […]

Blake Lapthorn

Blake Lapthorn” />Five years ago the management of South East firm Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons came up with a plan for expansion. Now, according to senior partner Jonathan Lloyd-Jones, the firm can be described as a full-service regional law firm with a central City of London office. “The plan we had in 2003 was to […]

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