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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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In brief: Linnells picks up Dallas Best partners

The remaining two partners at the office of dissolved Oxford practice Dallas Brett commercial litigator Andrew Shaw and aviation specialist Glenvil Smith have been picked up by Oxford firm Linnells, along with Dallas Brett assistant Danielle Battigelli. The seven-partner firm dissolved in November after three intellectual property partners left for Rouse & Co in London.

Chadbournes loses last English partner

New York firm Chadbourne Park has lost Ian Johnson, its last English-qualified partner, to US rival Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s new London office. The move could prove the final body blow to Chadbournes’ aspirations to set up a major project finance division in London. Johnson is managing partner of Chadbournes’ Singapore office but had been […]

It's not OK to KO QCs

A silk cut could seriously damage the health of the UK’s legal culture, according to Bruce Houlder QC. Bruce Houlder QC is vice-chairman of the Bar Council’s public affairs committee. Derek Fatchett MP, Britain’s Foreign Office Minister and proclaimed “ambassador of cool”, said last week: “We must not be seen just as a country of […]

In brief: Seven-partner Keely Beedham founded

Last month’s merger between Solihull-based corporate and commercial firm Beedham Rowe and Lichfield solicitors Keely Smith Primer Parkes has resulted in a seven-partner firm under the name of Keely Beedham.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 7/4/98

Richard David Andrade, 47, admitted 1973, practising at material time in partnership as Nicholas Barrett, London SW7, until 30 September 1992, and since October 1992 on own account as Andrade & Co, London SW7, struck off and ordered to pay costs. Allegations substantiated that he wrongly used client account money, failed to pay professional agents […]

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