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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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Claimants left high and dry

In 1996, the Lord Chancellor described the English legal aid system as a “highly successful public social service”. Large numbers of people were helped to bring claims that resulted in a substantial recovery of damages and they could do so without having to carry the burden of financing that litigation. However, every sensible lawyer agreed […]

Withers takes over niche IP firm in departmental revamp

City firm Withers is taking over specialist intellectual property firm Maycock’s. The acquisition will go ahead in August, with Maycock’s City office shutting down. Founding partner John Maycock will head Withers’ revamped IP unit. The unit will have two partners including Maycock, and two assistants. The acquisition follows the departure of Maycock’s partner Peter McBride, […]

Dibbs beats CC in KPMG MBO survey

Dibb Lupton Alsop has topped the latest management buy-out survey from KPMG. In the latest edition of the quarterly Management Buy-Out Commentary, KPMG places the national firm ahead of both Clifford Chance and the legal section of venture capital company 3i. The survey gives a running total for management buy-outs and buy-ins (MBOs/ MBIs) carried […]

Smaller firms threaten to axe training schemes

A medium-sized firm has said it is considering dropping its training scheme after losing too many of its newly qualified solicitors to the richer City firms. Thomas Eggar Church Adams, a top-five South East firm, is understood to be debating the matter at a partners’ meeting this week. For the past few years the firm […]

Woolf reforms are an unrealistic Utopia

Without lawyers, the Woolf reforms sound like a brilliant idea – a court-managed process of dispute resolution in which everyone operating in the personal injury system conducts open, honest litigation with a general view to achieving a fair result for both parties. In this new Utopia, defendants would recognise that the victims in cases of […]

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