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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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St Phillip's causes Birmingham shockwaves

The formation of super set St Phillip’s Chambers in Birmingham, which has 79 tenants and was opened by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, recently, has led to a shake-up in the city, with seven tenants switching sets. Chambers 4 Fountain Court has been worst hit, with four tenants quitting. Two, Alastair Smail and John de […]

The end of the North-South divide?

The boundaries that divide Scottish and English legal software providers are eroding, writes Jim Cummings. Jim Cummings is chairman and CEO of Pilgrim Systems. Since the late 1970s, when software developers became aware of the market for computer systems in legal offices, there has been debate over the North-South IT divide. The differences in requirements […]

In brief: Park Woodfine and Perkins & Tustin merge

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Coventry firm wins third Dibbs property partner

Dibb Lupton Alsop has lost a third property partner to Warner Cranston – this time from its Birmingham office. David Hayes, Dibbs’ head of property in Birmingham, is to join Warner Cranston’s Coventry office as a partner, replacing a property partner who has retired. He follows Peter Davis and Lawrence Radley, who left Dibbs’ London […]

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