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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bar sponsorship numbers on increase

More than 200 Bar School students are taking part in this year’s mini-sponsorship scheme. Numbers are up on last year when the twinning idea was first pioneered by the Council of Legal Education (CLE). Students are linked to sponsors who have recently completed the year-long course. Christine Rees, CLE information officer, says: “The sponsors give […]

West End merger finalised

COMMERCIAL firms Forsyte Kerman and Saunders Sobell Leigh & Dobin will merge on 1 December. The new firm, Forsyte Saunders Kerman, is the result of merger talks last month (The Lawyer, 27 September) and claims to be the second largest in the West End. It will be based at Forsyte Kerman’s refurbished and expanded offices […]

Pitmans buoyant despite staff losses

PROPERTY lawyer Anthony Cooley is the sixth partner to leave Reading-based Pitmans this year by joining rivals Boyes Turner & Burrows. But Pitmans says business remains buoyant despite the partnership losses. The number of partners at the firm is now 12. Since the start of the year the firm has made two appointments – John […]

Self-regulation condemned

Self regulation in the investment markets has failed and should be replaced with a statutory regime tough enough to enforce the law, according to leading City figure John Henderson, chairman of investment management house Capel-Cure Myers. Speaking to a group of City and media guests at an event celebrating Capel-Cure Myers’ 200th anniversary, Henderson said: […]

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