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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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Minister of State at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, Geoff Hoon says the Government will look into how it can prevent silks getting inflated fees purely because they are QCs. He wants to look into whether it could be dealt with via Rules of Court instead of through legislation. As predicted in The Lawyer (19 April), […]

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Disaster was averted at the nursery last week after a gang of three-year-olds threatened to jump ship to the posh pre-prep school on the hill. It’s called L’Ecole des Petits Lapins and offers “meaningful play” in English, French and Hungarian mime techniques, but the key factor for the potential defector tots was the size of […]

Dibbs forms IT litigation group

Dibb Lupton Alsop has formed a communications and technology litigation group – which it claims is the largest of its kind. It will handle all aspects of dispute resolution and litigation in the IT and communications sectors. Comprised of eight partners and 16 lawyers, it will be spread throughout the firm’s national offices. Although the […]

Paul Gilbert blasts Law Soc democracy

Head of legal at Cheltenham & Gloucester building society, Paul Gilbert, has blasted the Law Society council for scrapping an in-house solicitor council seat – without even allowing the ditched member to speak. The council’s decision to replace local government member, Pauline McBride with a newly-qualified solicitor – a dramatic U-turn on its previous resolution […]

Shakespeares chief bows out

The senior partner of Birmingham law firm Shakespeares is stepping down after six years at the helm. Charles Flint will be replaced by Tony Jones, head of the firm’s business services commercial unit and a commercial and employment lawyer with over 30 years legal experience – most of which were spent at Shakespeares. Flint, who […]

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