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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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Public Sector: Competitive advantage

The new competitive dialogue procedure’s ability to untangle complex contracts has made it part of the furniture in the UK’s procurement sector. By Stewart James More than 563 procurements have been initiated under the new competitive dialogue procedure since the implementation of the Public Contracts Regulations in the UK 18 months ago (31 January 2006). […]

Builders and joiners

Pooling resources and knowhow is a good way for councils to ensure high-quality regeneration. By Breellen Warry and Aidan Brookes An ongoing theme in the planning reforms of 2004 is a recognition of the place-shaping role that local authorities play in their communities, a role particularly highlighted in the ‘Planning for a Sustainable Future’ white […]

Dubai launch imminent for HBJ

Anglo-Scots firm HBJ Gateley Wareing is to open an office in Dubai, the firm’s first base outside the UK. Pending Dubai regulatory approval, the new office will open in September and focus on construction and shipping law. The firm intends to build a two-partner, two-associate team within 12 months. Two associates from the UK construction […]

Halliwells’ friends in the North

Word on the street is that North West firm Halliwells is in merger talks with Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick. The move would signal the firm’s first foray north of the border. The timing of a proposed Anglo-Scots merger couldn’t be more ironic, with a break-up of the union between the two countries also being […]

Amstrad turns to Herbies for BSkyB takeover

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Herbert Smith have landed key roles advising on BSkyB’s purchase of Sir Alan Sugar’s Amstrad. The proposed £125m cash acquisition sees Herbert Smith acting for Amstrad, although the firm has longstanding relationships with both companies. It is understood that Amstrad was the first client to contact the firm. As a […]

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