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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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OSS placed on Parliament's inquiry hit-list

THE HOME Affairs Committee has put the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) on a short list of issues it believes may merit investigation. But it may be spared the embarrassment of an inquiry for some time because the committee is able to hold only a handful of inquiries each year. A committee source […]

Berlins faces axe as BBC ponders Law in Action revamp

MARCEL Berlins, the popular presenter of the long-running radio show, Law in Action, has emerged as another potential victim of the scheduling shake-up at Radio 4. Although the programme itself, which Berlins has presented for nine and half years, has survived the controversial Radio 4 revamp, The Lawyer understands that the BBC is likely to […]

Accountancy Survey. Accounting for the accountants

A survey has revealed that accountants are not delivering the services law firms want. The fourth annual survey by The Lawyer and chartered accountancy firm Baker Tilly makes depressing reading for accountants. Despite accountants’ marketing, brochures and stated commitment to client service, many solicitors remain dissatisfied. Quotes such as “they could show basic interest in […]

In brief: Pagan Macbeth opens Dunfermline office

Scottish firm Pagan Macbeth has opened a new office in Dunfermline, alongside its existing offices in Edinburgh, Fife and Lothian, to service what it believes is a mini-boom in the Fife area. Alison Green, partner in the four-partner firm, said: “The West Fife economy has seen a great deal of investment in recent times and […]

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