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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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Zaiwallas joins mission to China

LONDON firm Zaiwalla & Co says its representation on Michael Heseltine’s trade mission to China is proof the Government takes the profession’s trade-boosting potential seriously. Senior partner Sarosh Zaiwalla flew out to China with the President of the Board of Trade last week in what is the largest ever trade mission undertaken by the British […]

Scots centre tackles crime

A SCOTTISH business crime centre is to be set up by the Scottish Office in partnership with business and the police. Announced by Scottish Office Minister Lord James Douglas-Hamilton last week as part of his business crime reduction strategy, it would cost around £100,000 a year and be funded in part by the Government. Lord […]

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The recent High Court battle to outlaw livestock export bans in the UK resulted in a landmark law and order ruling. It was also, says one of the key players, Bruce Potter of Oxford solicitors Cole and Cole, a triumph of case organisation and co-operation between legal teams with a cast that read like a […]

CPE students are high-fliers

A GREATER number of Common Professional Examination students are passing the Legal Practice Course with distinctions than those who have a law degree, new national figures show. And CPE students who go on to sit the Bar Vocational Course are also outstripping law graduates academically. National CPE figures for 1993-94 show 87 per cent of […]

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