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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 […]

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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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Sir John Wickerson, senior partner at Ormerod Wilkinson Marshall and former Law Society president, has been appointed chair of the board of the Investors’ Compensation Scheme. He joined the board as a director at the beginning of this month and will replace retiring chair Richard Lawson on 1 November, 1996 for a three-year term. The […]

Surrey firm taken over after senior partner's retirement

A NICHE Surrey private-client firm has been taken over following the retirement through ill health of its senior partner, Theo Pike. Chertsey-based Paine & Brettell has been swallowed up by Guildford commercial and litigation firm Barlows. Although the takeover will not add any partners to Barlows’ 11-strong team, it will provide its Chertsey office with […]

In brief: Flak for SFO after Maxwell trial dismissed

The SFO is under attack again following the decision of Mr Justice Buckley in the High Court last week to dismiss the second trial of Kevin Maxwell and three other defendants. In the judgment, the judge criticised the prosecuting authorities. Maxwell’s solicitor, Peters & Peters partner Keith Oliver, said the judge had considered the issue […]

Councils consider anti-CCT action after paper is leaked

Councils will seek legal advice on how to avoid implementing the proposals to increase white-collar compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) if their request for new legislation is ignored. Officials from the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (AMA) and other council associations told civil servants at a meeting earlier this month that the white paper’s proposals would be […]

MSF launches global voice telecoms link for law firms

Alison Laferla reports MFS Communications has launched a telecommunications package for London law firms. MFS Law Exchange uses fibre optics to connect London offices to key business centres such as New York, Paris and Tokyo, at a competitive rate. Under the deal, which covers voice communication, users get a volume discount based on the spend […]

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