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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 […]

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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 21/03/95

JONATHAN PAUL MARSHALL, 33, admitted 1984, partner at material time in Godlove Pearlman, Leeds, struck off and ordered to pay u4,224 costs. Allegations substantiated that he dishonestly misappropriated client money, breached accounting rules by withdrawing client money for purposes not permitted, failed to pay money received on behalf of client into client account and breached […]

In brief: Survey investigates solicitors' attitudes

Training and career consultants Lawyers in Mind is putting together a major survey on the attitudes of solicitors in private practice. It will ask lawyers about their feelings about their work, towards clients and what affects their morale and motivation. Anyone wishing to complete the survey can contact Stella Abrahams on 0171 583 0283.

In brief: McGowan moves to Titmuss as partner

Bird & Bird’s head of local government, Graham McGowan, is leaving the firm to become head of public sector at Titmuss Sainer Dechert. His move comes as Titmuss builds up its public sector practice. McGowan, who will join as a partner, says his background and Titmuss’ established practice will build a “formidable team” to deal […]

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Undue influence on guarantor .Midland Bank v Serter & Another (1995). (CA (Glidewell LJ, Pill LJ, Aldous LJ) 2/3/95) Summary: Undue influence on wife/guarantor not to be imputed to lending bank unless solicitor advising her is instructed by the bank. Wife’s appeal against order for possession of the matrimonial home which she had jointly charged […]

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