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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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Law Soc profits from students

The Law Society, which has recently raised LPC fees, is making a profit out of legal students – the ones who are least able to afford it, argues Nick Armstrong. Dr Nick Armstrong is a trainee at Irwin Mitchell, Sheffield, and the Chair of the TSG. The Trainee Solicitors Group’s (TSG) discovery that the Law […]

Challenge to tree preservation

The owner of Bicknor Wood, which covers 8.5 acres near Maidstone, is challenging a High Court decision upholding revocation of consent to fell trees, which had been made the subject of an earlier tree preservation order. The consent was revoked on the basis that because of the felling that had already taken place, the area […]

Booth forces Bar Council to back down over suspensions

LEGAL advice from Cherie Booth QC has forced the Bar Council into an embarrassing climbdown over its plans to suspend barristers who have requalified as solicitors. About 400 dual-qualified barristers were suspended on 1 May and told they must refer to themselves as “suspended from practice as a barrister as a result of becoming qualified […]

Herbert Smith abandons FirmControl

HERBERT Smith is replacing the Resolution Systems practice management system it bought in 1994 with a rival package produced by US company CMS Data. The firm began installing CMS Data’s Open system at the start of the year and has set an October deadline for its full installation. Herbert Smith was the first City firm […]

Over here – in partnership

Rivalry between US and UK law firms is giving way to co-operation and the formation of MNPs, says Richard Tyler. “There are some real awkward Americans out there,” remarks one senior partner of a UK firm. But with US firms like Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Weil Gotshal & Manges pioneering cross-cultural fertilisation as they […]

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