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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: Hants firm sets up one-stop shop

Hampshire-based firm Nash & Vann is setting up a one-stop centre for legal and financial services with its appointment of independent financial adviser Chris Waller. Although the firm has an existing association with stockbrokers James Capel & Co for share management, compliance partner Tim Read says: “I believe that solicitors are uniquely well-placed to offer […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 24/01/95

NISHITH DADUBHAI PATEL, admitted 1984, practised initially in partnership as Chawla Sanghvi Patel, and latterly as sole practitioner in Wembley, fined u7,000 and ordered to pay u3,215 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to account adequately to a client, failed to reply to Solicitors Complaints Bureau correspondence promptly, was guilty of inordinate and inexcusable delay in […]

New front opens in pensions war

Legal warfare over compensation for up to one million people who were mis-sold personal pensions is hotting up this week, with a series of actions and a High Court challenge by the pensions industry to overturn guidance from the Securities and Investments Board (SIB). The pensions industry’s attempt to judicially review SIB guidance could delay […]

Natwest poaches Slaughters' partner

Slaughter and May head of banking Christopher Fitzgerald is joining National Westminster Bank as general counsel. He succeeds Nicholas Wilson, who is retiring in April this year. Fitzgerald has been a Slaughters partner for 19 years and, as a member of the firm’s partnership board, shares executive responsibility for its financial function. His replacement at […]

Plea for wills information

The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) is urging the establishment of a Central Wills Registry where all wills, irrespective of how they are drawn up, will be registered and checked for validity. ILEX is seeking examples of cases where a Central Wills Registry would have made certain that the deceased’s wishes were indeed carried out. […]

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