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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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In brief: Scott warns of delay in instigating Woolf

Implementation of reforms outlined in the Woolf report may miss the October 1998 deadline, according to Sir Richard Scott, vice-chancellor and head of civil justice. Speaking alongside Lord Woolf at last Friday’s Woolf Conference, organised by the College of Law, Scott said: “If we miss the deadline, we will try to miss it by as […]

Ashursts makes college deal

ASHURST Morris Crisp has struck a deal with the College of Law for all future Ashurst recruits to enroll with it. Under the deal, which is the first partnership of its type, all 45 of Ashursts’ annual recruits will attend the College of Law Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Professional Skills Course. The firm is […]

In brief: The Lawyer launches on to the Internet

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The legal aid agenda

The year opened with the news of yet another merger – that of Withers and Crossman Block. Meanwhile, the Legal Aid Bill came under attack from all sides. A survey of legal aid firms found that 40 per cent had either given up or were seriously considering giving up criminal legal aid work because the […]

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