Web Week: 10 November 2008

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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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Get in line

New legislation brings Luxembourg into line with international law and should have investors queuing up, says François Pfister In response to high demand from the international fund communities, new legislation has come into force that significantly broadens the legal framework for private equity and venture capital fund structuring through Luxembourg. The amended legislation, implemented by […]

Mishcons joins Queen Mary pro bono centre

Mischon de Reya has signed up alongside Field Fisher Waterhouse and Reed Smith to give pro bono advice through a newly-launched advice service at Queen Mary, University of London. The Pink Law Legal Advice Centre, which launched on Friday (14 November), will give free legal advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. […]

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New compromise

Guernsey’s new Companies Law means that compromise agreements are now more aligned with English law. Nick Gamble and Mathew Newman report A problem typical to insolvent/quasi-insolvent restructurings is that claims are often structured in two different ways. They are either structured as to require unanimity among a creditor class for changes to the fundamental terms […]

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Pressing concerns

Pressing concerns11 November 2008 The Daily Mail has caused a storm.And its editor-in-chief Paul Dacre has sparked a flurry of hot-blooded comments on TheLawyer.com after he poured scorn on leading privacy judge Mr Justice Eady. The Daily Mail has caused a storm. And its editor-in-chief Paul Dacre has sparked a flurry of hot-blooded comments on […]

Hickinbottom J urges firms to let solicitors sit as recorders

Mr Justice Hickinbottom, a former McKenna & Co solicitor, has launched an attack on law firm ­managements, claiming they create unnecessary hurdles for solicitors trying to join the judiciary. Hickinbottom J, who was appointed to the bench in September, said the judiciary lacks diversity due to the unwillingness of law firms to allow their lawyers […]

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