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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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Asset rejig may solve trust funds' discount problem

Cameron McKenna is advising a trust fund on a pioneering restructuring that could show the way for all the other funds in the country plagued by the problem of trading at a discount to net asset value. First Ireland Investment Company shares are worth around £60m on the London and Irish stock exchanges, 10 per […]

Rakisons loses out on Ecuador contract

Ten-partner City telecoms practice Rakisons has missed the chance to advise the Ecuadorean government on privatising its telecoms operator because it could not get its detailed submission in on time. The firm was shortlisted to advise on the the privatisation of Ecuadorean state telecom operator Emetel alongside four US international giants – O’Melveny & Myers, […]

Dibbs leads the way with major IT outsourcing deal

DIBB Lupton Alsop has taken a rare decision to outsource a major part of its IT in a move which consultants have said could spark a new trend. The firm’s Bradford office is to outsource part of its technology requirements for its debt management and recovery systems to Integris, the global outsourcing and systems integration […]

In brief: Law Society extends applicant deadline

The Law Society is to extend the deadline for applicants for the international seat on its ruling council following complaints from the City of London Law Society that larger City firms did not have enough time to identify interested partners. Anthony Pugh-Thomas, City of London Law Society president, said he was “slightly miffed” that the […]

Solicitor is reprimanded for poaching

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has severely reprimanded an East London solicitor who breached an injunction and poached clients from his old firm, saying that the case should sound a warning for all advocates. The tribunal heard last week that Daniel Jerome, a solicitor at Bow firm Wallace Bogan & Co, agreed to bide by an […]

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