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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 Soc would not gain from SIF bias

Russell Wallman answers the charge that the Law Society’s consultation paper on professional indemnity is weighted in favour of keeping a reformed mutual fund. Russell Wallman is director of policy at the Law Society. Last week The Lawyer argued that the consultation process on the future of professional indemnity is in danger of being damaged […]

IBA looks at fraud

The International Bar Association Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights Committee will meet next month to discuss issues surrounding insolvency and fraud. It will also discuss proposals for new laws to regulate transnational insolvency cases. The seminar, “Insolvency and Fraud Insolvency and Suggestions for Legislative Improvement”, which will be held on 10-12 May in Copenhagen, will bring […]

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Who reigns over the regions?

When it comes to acclaim for criminal barristers in the regions, Matheu Swallow finds that there is no north-south divide The provincial criminal Bar comes highly acclaimed from north to south, with solicitors praising the ability of many barristers to work as part of the team. Wales is said to be very fortunate in having […]

Medical negligence

In the letter you recently published from Mark Harvey of Smith Llewellyn Partnership, he intimated that enquiries received by the Law Society or Accident Line from members of the public seeking advice on medical negligence were not referred to practices specialising in medical negligence work. This is not the case. Between January and December 1997, […]

Bird & Bird keeps CCTA IT business

Bird & Bird has beaten off competition from five other firms to retain its £1m post as legal adviser to the Government’s Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA). The firm has held the post since 1994 but earlier this year, as part of the agency’s competitive retendering exercise, five other practices were asked to make […]

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