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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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Barrister wins pinot payout after assault

Newly-wed barrister Owen Prys Lewis of 9 Park Place Chambers received £100 compensation from his wife after she hit him over the head with a bottle of pinot grigio, a court heard. Brecon Magistrates’ Court heard that personal injury Lewis was left “dazed and bleeding” from two head wounds after Joanne Blyth, his wife of […]

Harmans’ family fortunes

It definitely pays to be a law firm that employs a Harman sister. Three firms at which Harriet Harman’s sisters are working received almost £650,000 in legal aid and legal services payments, according to the now defunct Department of Constitutional Affairs’ (DCA) last resources account. Harman & Harman, where the deputy leader of the Labour […]

Associate lockstep a thing of the past as Howrey looks to ability

Howrey is set to shift its associate compensation away from lockstep and towards a skills-based system. The firm aims to introduce a new remuneration system on 1 January 2008, the beginning of its financial year. Howrey managing partner and chief executive Bob Ruyak said it had become clear over the past three years that a […]

Lovells commits to Italy with office moves

Lovells is relocating to larger premises from its current Rome and Milan offices to accommodate a recent rapid growth in numbers. The Milan office has already moved to a single occupancy, six-floor office on 30 July. The Rome office will move on 3 September to a single floor office in the centre of the city. […]

Separated at birth

Is Holman Fenwick & Willan’s recent return to financial form, with net profit soaring by more than 20 per cent and turnover at record levels, at risk? Tulkinghorn only asks because of the firm’s recent hiring policy, which now appears to extend to infamous cartoon characters. Wacky Races star villain Dick Dastardly is the latest […]

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