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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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International sports lawyers, who are queueing up to offer legal advice toAustralian player Simon Colosimo, whose knee had to be reconstructed afterbeing tackled by Man U striker Andy Cole during a match against theAustralian national team in Melbourne last week.Litigants in person. There are so many amateur “lawyers” keen to representthemselves in court that the […]

Italy taken to Euro court over foreign law firm ban

European Court Justice(ECJ) over alleged discrimination against foreign lawyers. If the case is successful, it could open the doors to many UK and US lawfirms wanting to set up in the booming Italian market.Two separate cases have been brought by unnamed individuals over obstaclesfor professionals trying to set up in the country.At present Italian law […]

Kushner, Neaves quit 36 Bedford Row for St Philip's

Two senior tenants have left 36 Bedford Row Chambers, following the sets’failed merger negotiations and the departure of leading silk, HeatherSwindells QC.Leading family practitioners Martine Kushner and Andrew Neaves arefollowing Swindells to St Philip’s Chambers in Birmingham.In May, 36 Bedford Row’s planned merger with Nottingham sets King CharlesHouse and St Mary’s Chambers collapsed.It had hoped […]

Time to make a decision on MDPs

A decision on MDPs will have to be made by the Law Society, hopefullysooner rather than later, although it is fair to say that the Law Societycannot have been much helped by the poor response to the discussion paper.The arguments continue, but all have a common thread. On one side of thedebate are the traditional […]

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