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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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Jury trial safeguards must be kept

Vicki Chapman explains why plans to remove defendants’ rights to choose jury trial are both unjust and impractical. The Home Secretary has announced plans to remove the right of defendants to choose jury trial for a range of “either-way” offences. He has suggested the majority of defendants who elect Crown Court trial intend to plead […]

A&O acts in u1.5bn estate deal

Allen & Overy has ad-vised on the largest-ever European property securitisation. The firm acted for bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter on the u1.54bn securitisation of the Broadgate estate in the City of London. The deal outweighs that of Canary Wharf, which last year was thought to be the largest multi-million pound property securitisation conducted. The […]

This week

Leading criminal lawyer Tony Edwards, senior partner of TV Edwards, will chair the Annual Criminal Law Conference at Manchester’s Renaissance Hotel on 10 June and at London’s Cafe Royal on 11 June. Topics include the Criminal Defence Service and changes regarding criminal evidence.

The Lawyer Inquiry: Keate Jones

Kate Jones was born in Hitchin in 1970. She is a solicitor with Charles Lucas & Marshall. What subject(s) did you fail at school? None. What was your first job? Working in a garden centre at weekends. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u11,000 a year. What would you have done if […]

Last of DAC casualties joins Masons

The final casualty of Davies Arnold Cooper’s massive restructuring is joining Masons. Stephen Lane, head of tax at DAC, left the firm a week ago. DAC announced in February its intention to cull 90 members from its Manchester and London offices. Lane says: “After the decision was made to make people redundant they were given […]

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