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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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In brief: Firm eases path to debt recovery

A specialist debt recovery firm is marketing itself to potential clients as having a proven track record in enhancing companies’ relationship with debtors. Uxbridge-based 11-partner practice Turberville Woodbridge describes the service as being particularly suitable for firms that have an on-going contractual or service agreement with the debtor. The firm won a three-year contract, employing […]

Counsel moves on

International law firm Rogers & Wells has appointed Charles Stewart as counsel at its Frankfurt office. Stewart joins the firm from the Frankfurt branch of another US firm, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle, where he was also counsel. He provided general legal services to German and non-German firms involved in cross-border transactions.

Public support for fee to stop weak legal aid cases

THE GOVERNMent is tampering with a fundamental human right for the sake of a “piddling” sum of money, according to public opinion research on legal aid conducted by the Law Society. But there was widespread agreement that people should have to pay a fee to stop them bringing weak cases, although £10 to £20 was […]

Firms face wage claim rise as Govt clamps down on profit-related pay

Law firms will have to give 9 per cent rises to their salaried staff merely to keep them on the same wage when tax relief on profit-related pay is phased out in two years’ time. Many City law firms have been running profit-related pay schemes as a tax break for their staff, rather than as […]

Herbert Smith sets sights on healthcare

Herbert Smith has set up a pharmaceutical and healthcare group which pulls together the existing expertise of seven partners. But the partners will not concentrate entirely on this area of law, said associated partner, Bill Moodie. Clients include Boeghringer Manheim, Hoffman Laroche and some work for Zeneca. The group will be touting for work among […]

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