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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: The Law Society

The Law Society says it is attempting to persuade the Chinese authorities to relax their stance on allowing Chinese lawyers into English firms based in China. Herbert Smith and Holman Fenwick & Willan are the latest UK firms licensed to practise in China. Part of China’s bid to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) involves […]

Private practice lawyers miss out on top jobs in CPS shake-up

None of the crucial roles in the shake-up of the Crown Prosecution Service have gone to lawyers in private practice, The Lawyer can reveal.Just two candidates from outside the CPS have been handed jobs as chief crown prosecutors in the 42 new prosecuting areas.But one has come from the civil service where he is legal […]

It's been a bad week for

Writer Michael Thornton, whose 13-years-in-the-making biography of the Duchess of Argyll could be scuppered by the lawyers of a “headless man”. Thornton has received more than a dozen letters threatening legal action from lawyers representing the Duchess’ lover, whose headless body featured in photographs cited in divorce proceedings in 1963. The action was threatened after […]

Council absence was unavoidable

I want to clarify the position of the council members who were unable to take part in the council meeting on the future of professional indemnity. The date of the council meeting was re-arranged in January, which caused difficulties for some members. Nine could not attend due to unavoidable commitments, such as clients’ court dates, […]

Baker & McKenzie plans merger with Spanish practice Jimenez

Baker & McKenzie has found a Spanish firm to merge with in the continuing battle by UK and international law firms to find suitable European alliances.Nigel Carrington, chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s European and Middle East Council, says: “We are in an advanced state of negotiations with a view to merging with Jimenez de Parga.”Baker […]

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