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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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BSB criticised as barrister cleared of misconduct

A tribunal verdict that a legal disciplinary practice (LDP) barrister conducted litigation in breach of the bar’s codes has been overturned. Portia O’Connor was the first barrister to become a partner in an LDP when she set up Pegasus Legal in 2010. But a Bar Standards Board (BSB) disciplinary tribunal convicted her of professional misconduct […]

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With internationalisation firmly entrenched in the legal market, firms that want to guard their independence are turning to networks In brief Law firm networks are having to fight for members with international firms looking to increase their global footprint. As the pace of internationalisation picks up, what makes a network relevant to the remaining independent […]

Eversheds clients ask for firm’s removal from case due to lack of cash

Eversheds is removing itself from a major piece of Irish litigation after its clients said they could no longer fund the firm’s costs. Eversheds partners Dermot McEvoy and Neil O’Mahony have been acting for bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn and his family in High Court proceedings in Ireland. But on Monday the court will rule on […]

No bar on growth as chambers trumpet successful year

If adversity precedes growth, as the saying goes, then the bar has embraced the challenges of the recession as well as any in the legal sector. This week The Lawyer has counted the beans at some of the top chambers and found many are reporting healthy turnover increases. Increased competition work, direct access and diversification […]

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Charge of the satellite brigade

Proposals put forward by Lord Justice Jackson to reform civil litigation funding and reduce costs have backfired before they’ve even been implemented with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) gearing up for a court battle over the plans. Jackson LJ’s plans included raising settlements by 10 per cent to compensate for successful parties no longer […]

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