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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 […]

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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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As the hierarchy of the legal profession undergoes radical change, Abigail Townsend asks whether Leeds can remain home to regional firms with truly national ambitions. The legal market is in a state of flux and nowhere is feeling it more than the regions. Globalisation, partner moves and accountants have all shaken up the profession. But […]

Camerons sets up Hong Kong immigration dept

CMS Cameron McKenna is launching an immigration practice in Hong Kong in response to a large increase in the number of professional immigrants to the UK. The number of applications for work permits is set to increase to 105,000 this year from 80,000 in 1999. Julia Onslow-Cole, head of Camerons’ 14-strong immigration team, says: “The […]

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Linklaters & Alliance advised Development Securities on its £84m acquisition of a 13 acre Bishopsbridge site at Paddington. The acquisition from Gainhurst Properties is being funded by Norwich Union Life & Pensions and The Equitable Life Assurance Society. Linklaters partner Robert Finch led a team of seven on the deal. Gainhurst was advised by CMS […]

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