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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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The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has stepped up its campaign to get compensation for ex-service personnel suffering from asbestos-related diseases. It has joined the recently-formed working group of the National Asbestos Related Disease Association, whose members include David Jamieson MP and Major Tom House of the Royal British Legion. Under current legislation, service personnel […]

Pension doctors look to cure business ills

Garrett & Co is pulling in its links with international accountancy giant Arthur Andersen to take advantage of an upheaval in pensions law. The two firms have formed a “pension doctors” group that aims to help local businesses meet the requirements of the Pensions Act, which comes into effect in April 1997 and has been […]

Contact counts for counsel

Contrary to the saying, mounties do not always get their man. But when they do, responsibility for prosecution passes to Canada’s provincial attorney generals. In British Columbia, prosecutors are termed crown counsel and are civil servants in the attorney general’s department. Unlike English Crown Prosecution Service lawyers, crown counsel have full rights of audience in […]

All change in Kazakhstan

US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has pulled out of Kazakhstan after less than two years, at a time when US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius is setting up connections in the resource-rich country. Squire Sanders made its move after deciding the “near-time prospects for that practice” were not strong enough, said former London co-ordinator […]

In brief: Franchise ace moves to Pinsent Curtis

Pinsent Curtis has poached top franchise lawyer John Chambers (right) from the Norwich office of Eversheds. Pinsent Curtis says his arrival as an associate means it can boast 40 per cent of all new franchise work in the UK. Chambers, 41, qualified eight years ago after a career in business. He is the third franchise […]

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