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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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Goodwill or cut, thrust and a lack of trust?

Antony Gold says conditional fees have the potential for damaging solicitor-client relationships and that CFAs could have a negative effect on the public’s perception of lawyers. Antony Gold is head of litigation at Eversheds. It is said that the Lord moves in mysterious ways and Lord Irvine is no exception. The proclamation of intent to […]

Charles Russell PR man to sit on board

Corporate and private client firm Charles Russell is believed to be the first City law firm to promote a marketeer to a managerial role. Marketing director Simon Slater has been made operations director of the 56 partner firm with responsibility for personnel and training, know-how and information services as well as marketing. He will sit […]

Tuckers in police call fee dispute with LAB

CRIMINAL law firm Tuckers has clashed with the Legal Aid Board (LAB) over alleged changes in the payment rates for duty solicitors which it claims have been introduced “unilaterally and without consultation”. Tuckers is appealing to the Manchester LAB office, claiming it has started paying duty solicitors for telephone advice calls to police stations on […]

In brief: TSG helpline gets short shrift

A helpline set up by the Trainee Solicitors’ Group received just 42 calls in its first six months, a third of which were concerning poor training and abuse at work.

MP wins battle against Mirror

Former MP and writer, Rupert Allason, has won the appeal against a High Court dismissal of a malicious falsehood claim he brought over a Mirror article. Allason, who has mounted some 20 defamation claims over the years and who always represents himself succeeded in his challenge of last year’s decision by veteran libel judge, Sir […]

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