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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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Professional negligence

October will see the end of the solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance season, when lawyers will again benefit from low insurance rates. Lawyers are being warned, though, of an imminent rating correction. Compared with the medical and audit professions, lawyers get off lightly when it comes to PI rates. This is indicative of the risks […]

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Law’s arch-regulator appoints first ever board

Irwin Mitchell’s Michael Napier QC and ex Reuters general counsel Rosemary Martin are among the first-ever members of the Legal Services Board. Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier QC and former Reuters general counsel Rosemary Martin (pictured) are among the first-ever members of the Legal Services Board (LSB), which was confirmed today. Appointed by Lord […]

Blake Lapthorn

Blake Lapthorn” />Five years ago the management of South East firm Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons came up with a plan for expansion. Now, according to senior partner Jonathan Lloyd-Jones, the firm can be described as a full-service regional law firm with a central City of London office. “The plan we had in 2003 was to […]

Met Police panel rejig sees 13 firms collared

The Metropolitan Police has overhauled its legal panel, with Bircham Dyson Bell, Burges Salmon and Eversheds among 13 law firms to win places. The firms will be tied into the panel for four years, with the value of the work they will receive estimated at up to £5m a year each. Met director of legal […]

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Glaxo turns to Sidley for new GC

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has hit the US for its new general counsel, hiring Sidley Austin life sciences partner Dan Troy after a seven month search. Former GSK general counsel Rupert Bondy joined energy company BP in May after announcing his departure in January this year. Troy will start the top job at GSK on 2 September. […]

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