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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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Bar Council examines beefed-up equality code

A NEW revised equality code for chambers was due to be discussed by the Bar Council on Saturday. The code has been considerably beefed up since it was first sent out to chambers throughout the country two years ago. In recent months a Bar Council implementation committee has been redrafting the code to take into […]

Dan Tench on the implementation of EU directives

Many lawyers must have struggled to understand the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. Their confusion is not helped by the attitude the Government takes to implementing the EU directives. These regulations, which were passed to comply with an EU Council directive, contain numerous provisions which are difficult to interpret. For example, the regulations state […]

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Linda Packard says law firms that avoid giving advice on Discrete Investment Business are ignoring on a prime opportunity Financial services can be a lucrative part of a legal practice. However, many firms have been disillusioned by the ever-increasing number of regulations and rules that apply to financial services advice and have shied away from […]

First firms fail franchise audit tests

TWO London franchise holders have been suspended by the Legal Aid Board after failing their first post-contract audits. Legal Aid Board chief executive Stephen Orchard says the firms now have three months to put things right or face the termination of their contracts. He says the suspensions will serve as a warning to other firms […]

Coleclough gets Simmons top tax post

Simmons & Simmons tax partner Stephen Coleclough gets the top departmental job as head of corporate tax following the departure of Edward Troup. Coleclough is also appointed chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s indirect taxes sub-committee. Coleclough, 33, has been with the firm since 1987 and a partner since 1991. He currently heads the […]

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