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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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LAB challenged over mediation

National firm Irwin Mitchell is challenging the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) policy of refusing to fund mediation, after £1,500 costs for a successful mediation were disallowed. The challenge was heard on Sunday by a three-member Costs Appeals Committee – the LAB’s highest appeal body. It is being supported by both the Law Society and the […]

Law Society proposal set to open way for Bahl challenger

A CHALLENGE to Kamlesh Bahl’s bid to become the first woman leader of the Law Society came a step closer last week with the preliminary approval of a plan for the council to nominate its own candidate. The proposal, hatched by a constitutional working party headed by the previous president Tony Girling, was given the […]

Shearmans recruits from afar

ALMOST half of this year’s partnership appointments by US firm Shearman & Sterling were lawyers practising in the firm’s offices outside the US. Last week, the firm announced 15 new partners, six of whom were based in European offices. In London, UK lawyer Rupert Walker, hired in 1996, was made a partner. Meanwhile, in Paris […]

Firms mount bid to block restrictive Hungarian law

FOREIGN lawyers in Bud-apest have launched a last-ditch effort to persuade the Hungarian government to rethink a proposed new law restricting their ability to practise in the country. The proposed law is currently before a parliamentary committee, which is expected to decide the final shape of the bill. As it stands, the ruling would require […]

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