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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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Nelsons takes over Nottingham rival

Twenty-three partner Nottingham firm Nelsons is to swallow up its nine-partner neighbour Trumans. Although Nelsons will now have 32 partners and 150 fee earners, it will still only be the third-largest law firm in Nottingham, behind Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins and Browne Jacobson. As part of the deal, Trumans managing partner John Appleby, a prominent […]

Who looks out for over-40s?

David Craig rightly pointed out that EC legislation may help sacked employees aged 65 or over challenge dismissals, but it is unlikely to help job seekers aged over 40 overcome ageism (The Lawyer 20 October). The Government has given up legislation promises, hiding behind a proposed code of practice. Employers prefer to recruit cheaper, younger, […]

Stemming the young Bar tide

Ronald Thwaites QC likens the huge number of aspiring barristers to modern-day refugees from central Europe. He says the profession must radically improve its border controls. Ronald Thwaites QC is head of 10 King’s Bench Walk. London is to the legal profession what Hollywood is to the film industry. Droves of young hopefuls are hypnotised […]

Allen & Overy appoints full-time pro bono co-ordinator

Allen & Overy has become the fourth major City firm to appoint a full-time pro bono officer. Sophie Forsyth, a lawyer in A&O’s employment, pensions and incentives department, has been handed the role of co-ordinating pro bono work across the firm. Forsyth’s appointment comes as A&O looks to make more efficient use of time spent […]

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