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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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Barristers head for City firms' more commercial environment

Two more young barristers have left chambers for a City firm – and they have claimed that many of their generation are set to follow. Rachel Newman, a former pupil at 3 Paper Buildings, and Kevin Pettican, formerly a pupil at 2 Temple Gardens, have joined the litigation department of Warner Cranston. Newman conceded that […]

Set goes after two quality standards

Francis Taylor Building has brought in training consultants to help it comply with two quality standards – Investors in People and the Bar’s own practice management standards. The general common law set, which has 34 tenants, believes it is the first set in the country to have opted to work towards joint compliance with both […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Evan Donaldson

Evan Donaldson was born in Bridge of Allan in Central Scotland on 16 March 1962. He is the legal director/company secretary at construction company Miller Group. What was your first job? Legal trainee at Brownlie, Watson & Beckett in Glasgow. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £4,500 per annum, I think. What […]

In brief: McKennas advises on Polish banks merger

McKenna & Co has advised on the merger of four Polish state banks. The merger of one of the principle banks in Poland, PEKAO, with capital of £380 million, and three others will create the largest bank in Poland. The merger was carried out as part of a parliamentary act because the banks are all […]

Chris Fogarty reports

Barnards Inn director of chambers Andrea Kennedy has left the set after three years to investigate the possibility of setting up an independent practice management consultancy for chambers. Kennedy joined Barnards Inn, which covers a wide range of work, including banking, consumer law and civil rights, shortly after it was formed in 1993. “I was […]

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