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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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The mysterious world of the switchboard people just got stranger. Tulkinghorn recently rang Clyde & Co, as he is wont to do, to request the name and details of the firm’s PR person. The friendly switchboard lady met the innocuous request with the ever-annoying, and surely un-client friendly, “Oh, I’m afraid I can’t give out […]

Maitland and 9 Old Square reveal autumn merger plan

The largest Chancery set was forged last Wednesday (26 May) when Maitland Chambers and 9 Old Square formally agreed to merge on 1 October. Except for planned shared facilities, barristers at the two sets will continue to operate from their existing premises. The new set will be led by Maitland’s current heads Michael Lyndon-Stanford QC […]

BBC appoints new legal head

The BBC has promoted Valerie Nazareth to the position of head of programme legal advice. Nazareth will succeed Glenn Del Medico when he retires in August. She has been with the BBC for over 10 years after joining the company from Goodman Derrick.

The St Paul launches ‘Lifeboat’ for LLPs

Professional indemnity insurer The St Paul is launching a new product especially for law firms that convert to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status. Securing limited liability by converting to LLP status is increasingly popular for law firms. But as well as losing unlimited liability, LLP members lose joint and several liability with their partners. If the […]

Conflict changes get Law Soc green light

The Law Society Standards Board this week approved two of the proposed amendments to the conflicts and confidentiality paper recently withdrawn from the Law Society Council. A third amendment, relating to a solicitor’s duty to disclose, was not passed. Led by chair Andrew Holroyd, the board rejected a suggestion that duty to disclose could be […]

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