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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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LAW SOCIETY RULES

Law firms handling life and pensions policies must now disclose commissions payable to clients before business is transacted. Previously it was possible to ignore discussion about commission until the deal was completed. The new Law Society rules came into force on 1 January, but do not as yet apply to collective investment products, points out […]

Hurley mugging

Actress Liz Hurley is scheduled to take to the witness box at Southwark Crown Court later this year. She will be called as a witness in the trial of four teenage girls accused of mugging her and stealing u10 and photographs. The alleged incident took place near her Chelsea home on 23 November last year.

Wacks Caller winners in Fox Brooks Marshall defection

NEW senior partner Andrew Wright has vowed to re-build Fox Brooks Marshall following a large-scale defection to Wacks Caller. Established Manchester practice Fox Brooks was dissolved after four partners and nine other fee-earners left to join the rival north west firm. But Wright, who declines to comment on reasons for the split, has re-formed the […]

Moore settles book extract libel action with Express

ENGLAND international rugby player and litigation partner Brian Moore has settled a libel action with the Daily Express over extracts published from a book by fellow rugby player Stuart Barnes. Moore, a partner at London firm Edward Lewis, had earlier settled with Barnes and the publishers of his book Smelling of Roses after an addendum […]

Thompson to head Blackburn

Tim Miller reports SOLICITOR Denise Thompson takes over next week as head of legal at Blackburn Borough Council. She joins from neighbouring Burnley where she was a senior solicitor, responsible for litigation and all non-conveyancing matters. Thompson, who was articled with Wokingham Borough Council, will be legal service practice manager and solicitor. She will be […]

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