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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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Going back to their roots

One area in which the peace process may have a direct part to play is the return of the natives, those solicitors who left the North in search of a better life elsewhere. Carson & McDowell partner Brian Turtle says his firm has had “more and more enquiries of a genuine nature”, from solicitors anxious […]

Serugo-Lugo to challenge bankruptcy

John Malpas reports THE BARRISTER who unsuccessfully campaigned against his chambers’ eviction from Lincoln’s Inn has been declared bankrupt. But Yosefaly Serugo-Lugo says he was unaware of the proceedings earlier this month prompted by the Inland Revenue and has already filed an application to have the ruling set aside. Serugo-Lugo is now head of chambers […]

In-house lawyers urged to police external firms

IN-HOUSE lawyers must assert vigorous control over external lawyers and should involve their business colleagues in their company’s legal affairs, an in-house conference heard. Lawyers who gathered at the Law Society earlier this month to discuss relationships with external lawyers spoke of the need for a flexible but strictly policed working relationship with outside firms. […]

Deacons bankruptcy hearing delayed over new evidence

A BANKRUPTCY hearing for three former partners of collapsed law firm Deacon Goldrein Green has been postponed because an unexpectedly large number of witnesses have been called. The bankruptcy hearing involving former partners Martin Green, Patricia Reynolds and Robert Ollerhead, who was struck off the roll last year, was due to take place several days […]

Gulf victims win legal aid in MoD case

CAMPAIGNING lawyers have welcomed last week’s decision to grant legal aid to the first batch of ex-servicemen claiming compensation for ‘Gulf War Syndrome’. Nearly 550 victims are planning to take action against the Ministry of Defence for a catalogue of symptoms which begin with fatigue and hair loss, and have ended with violent behaviour and […]

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