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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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JACK GEORGE TRUST-HAM, 64, admitted 1969 and CHRISTOPHER JOHN GREY, 50, admitted 1971, practising at material time as Wigram & Co, London W1, fined £3,500 each and ordered to pay £4,224 costs. Allegations substantiated they wrongly drew client money, failed to pay client money into client account and failed to comply with terms of professional […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Shaun Lowde

What was your first job? Peripatetic news dissemination executive (paper-boy). What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? They asked me to pay them – shortly before I left. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Probably joined one of those obscure Californian cults which require you to give up […]

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Pinsent Curtis in Birmingham acted for Britannic Assurance on the disposal of a £73.5 million property portfolio to P&O subsidiary Cheverell Estates.

Pinsents seals Red Star deal on Internet

Pinsent Curtis partners have joined the ranks of Internet surfers after becoming what is thought to be the first law firm to use the Internet in a corporate deal. A team led by head of commercial John Pratt turned to the Internet to complete documentation for the management buy-out of parcel firm Red Star from […]

In The Dock/Aids Advice. Would you take the rap for a client?

When an outraged official threatened reprisals, Groucho Marx waved his cigar and barked: “You’ll hear from my lawyer – when he gets out of prison.” For barristers and solicitors the possibility of prison is more remote than getting knocked down by a number nine bus outside the Law Courts; if a case goes wrong they […]

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