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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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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 18/07/95

RICHARD WILLIAM HILL, admitted 1979, practising at material time as Hill and Co, Tooting, London, fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £607.73 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly used client funds for purposes of himself and other clients, wrongly withdrew money from client account. Tribunal told investigation accountant’s report of April 1994 revealed numerous bookkeeping errors […]

Accountants tread on legal toes

Neasa MacErlean reports on how accountants are moving towards legal services and asks whether they will be successful According to David Temporal, of management consultants Hod-gart Temporal, it is only a matter of time before several of the large accountancy firms decide to provide full-blooded legal services. “They will make significant steps in this direction […]

In brief: Elliott & Co squashes Freeman rumours

Elliott & Company has denied merger rumours linking it with City practice DJ Freeman. Senior partner Geoffrey Lord says the claims probably originated out of a social meeting between himself and Freeman’s head of insurance David Kendall, but he insists there is no truth behind them. But he says if Freemans, “a very highly thought-of […]

Litigation Protection launches rival to Law Society's insurance scheme

A CONDITIONAL fees insurance scheme has been launched by a private firm several weeks ahead of the Law Society’s own less wide-ranging insurance package. The premiums offered by Litigation Protection are significantly higher than the Accident Line Protect scheme to be launched by the society in mid-August. But insurance will be available through all solicitors […]

In brief: Law Society to amend audience code

THE LAW Society has agreed to amend its application for employed solicitors’ rights of audience in line with the views of the minority group on the Lord Chancellor’s advisory committee (Aclec) which supports extended advocacy rights. The amendments to the society’s proposed employed solicitor’s code confine employed solicitors to less serious crown court cases and […]

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