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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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In brief: Eversheds recruits Nock from Deloittes

Eversheds has recruited well-known tax barrister Reg Nock from Deloitte & Touche to head its tax department in London. Peter Scott, Eversheds London managing partner, said the fact the firm had enticed Nock had helped it to persuade two specialist tax partners and two associates at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff to join Eversheds following Freres’ disintegration.

Sanderson steps in to buy up LegalMIND

A WELL-known practice management system used by 30 firms has been sold off to a rival supplier after owner Admiral made a “strategic decision” to withdraw from the legal IT marketplace. International IT services group Admiral sold its LegalMIND product to IT services and software company Sanderson last month. Admiral has promised its small-to-medium-sized customers […]

Freres:an offer it could not refuse

Robert Lindsay takes a look at the causes of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff’s demise and assesses the prospects of its successor firms. The demise of the 200-year-old name of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff on 1 August will be a sad day for many. But sadder than the loss of the name is the fact that many of […]

Freshfields swoops on Madrid firm to boost Spanish operation

Freshfields has swallowed the nine-lawyer Madrid firm Hervada and Klingenberg and poached a leading partner from Garrigues & Andersen – its most significant expansion in Europe after its January merger with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund. When the new partners – Joaquin Hervada, Miguel Klingenberg and Garrigues’ Fernando Bautista – join in June, […]

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