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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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Linda Tsang reports Dundas & Wilson, leading legal practice in Scotland, has chosen Netware 4.1 as the base for its IT infrastructure. Part of a major IT investment to provide the business with a scalable information systems platform, Netware 4.1 will provide centrally managed business services to 300 employees at Dundas offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow […]

Firms jostle for Chunnel claim work

Legal activity around cash-strapped Eurotunnel is reaching a new level of intensity with Nicholson Graham & Jones taking a surprise lead in a £1 billion action against contractors. At the same time, big City firms are re-negotiating the company’s massive £8 billion bank debt. Speculation is rife about whether other law firms previously involved in […]

Outside bidder wins Winter-Taylors

Troubled Home Counties firm Winter-Taylors was snapped up last week in a surprise eleventh-hour merger move by neighbouring practice Blaser Mills. Blaser Mills stepped in with a rescue deal which was accepted by partners of the debt-ridden firm ahead of that from Kidd Rapinet. The moved shocked Winter-Taylors creditors and partners of Kidd Rapinet who […]

Belvir moves up a rung at Southwark

Cyril Dixon A FORMER trainee solicitor with Southwark Council has been appointed to the top legal job with the authority. Julie Belvir becomes borough solicitor and secretary following the departure of Dr Clive Grace to a chief executive’s post in south Wales. Belvir qualified in 1988 and began her career as an articled clerk with […]

English law schools skimp on ethics training, says academic

THE BAR, Law Society and law teachers are falling down on ethical training, claims a legal academic. And he says the English bodies are putting out misleading information on the extent to which the subject is taught. Delivering a paper to last week’s International Bar Association conference, the University of Warwick’s Roger Burridge said English […]

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