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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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Proskauer bolsters London office ahead of launch

Proskauer Rose has strengthened its fledgling London presence with the addition of O’Melveny & Myers of counsel Timothy Drake. Drake, who specialises in M&A, private equity work and AIM flotations, has joined the firm as senior counsel and will work alongside his former O’Melveny colleague Matthew Hudson. As reported on www.thelawyer.com (6 September), former O’Melveny […]

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Justice calls for IPP overhaul as court finds three cases ‘unlawful’

Human rights organisation Justice has called for fundamental reform of the system of indeterminate sentencing for public protection (IPP). Justice senior legal officer Sally Ireland said IPPs had recently been thrown into turmoil by the High Court judgments in Wells v Parole Board (2007), Walker v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2007) and […]

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Work Life Quiz: Kamal Rahman, Mishcon de Reya

What was your first-ever job?Doing admin work in a high street legal practice. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Having to do a whole six-month seat with the most obnoxious property partner – who shall remain nameless. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in […]

Lord Chief Justice warns Govt on judicial interference

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips has called on the Government to stay away from the selection of judges in the wake of green paper ‘The Governance of Britain’, published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). In a wide-ranging speech on judicial independence yesterday, Phillips told the Commonwealth Law Conference in Nairobi that the shake-up […]

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