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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 message to conveyancers:'try not to despair'

Conveyancers were told last week they could choose between suicide, bankruptcy or a change of career – unless they changed business practices. Speaking at the Solicitors Property Group (SPG) talks, “Survival in the high street”, former vice-president of the Law Society Robert Sayer painted a picture of doom for the future of the conveyancer. He […]

First recruits for software image group

The Legal Software Suppliers Association admitted its first members this month. Thirteen suppliers, including Aim Professional, Norwel Computer Services and Linetime, have joined the newly-formed trade association. The LSSA was launched in May and aims to revitalise the image of legal software suppliers. Its predecessor, the Association of Legal Technology Suppliers, was severely rapped by […]

Litigation Writs 15/10/96

Truro motorist John Summers, injured in a crash in which a loaded lorry fell on top of his car, has launched a compensation claim against WA Turtle, of Sudbury, Suffolk, and lorry driver Timothy Brooks, also of Sudbury. The writ says that Summers was driving his Cortina along the A1071 towards the A134 when a […]

Projects

Herbert Smith advised the Norfolk & Norwich Health Care NHS Trust on its signing of a £193m PFI project to build a hospital for Norwich, the first health sector PFI project. Contractor Octagon Healthcare was advised by DJ Freeman.

In brief: McKennas appoints know-how partner

McKenna & Co has created its first non-fee earning partner post with the appointment of Melissa Hardee to develop training and co-ordinate ‘know-how’ at the firm. Hardee joined McKennas from Clifford Chance in 1994 and has already been developing know-how support systems for the corporate practice. Managing partner Robert Derry-Evans said: “I expect that we […]

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