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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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To Tulkinghorn’s delicate ears the native language of the United States of America has little to do with English proper. He notes that our Yankee cousins are much more upfront about expressing themselves and do not mind what people think. The above sign, spotted by one of Tulkinghorn’s roving spies during a jaunt on the […]

Online legal scheme threatens high street

HUGH James, Nelsons and Pannone have signed up to a post-Legal Services Act internet trading scheme called MyLawyer.co.uk that could challenge the position of the high street solicitor. They are among four firms that have signed up with IT services company Epoq to enable employment and family clients, as well as small-to-medium sized enterprises, obtain […]

Law Society faces £65m bill to fund pension deficit

THE LAW Society must plough at least £40m into its closed final salary pension scheme in a bid to reduce its massive deficit. The society, which is funded almost entirely by fees collected from solicitors, has paid £67m into the scheme since 2005 but trustees have indicated that a further £40m is required to account […]

PEP and turnover: the highs and the lows

Far and away the most dramatic rise in this year’s financials round has been the average profit per equity partner (PEP) hike seen at Salans. This more than doubled from £419,000 a year ago to £870,000 – a rise of some 107.6 per cent. Not bad going in the midst of the credit crunch. Other […]

Cripps bucks trend with growth acceleration

Tunbridge Wells firm Cripps Harries Hall has posted a muted financial performance for 2007-8 although growth picked up in the second half of the year. Over the 12 months, turnover increased by 8 per cent to £19m while net profits rose 6 per cent to £5.2m. The firm’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure […]

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