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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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Long hours: a sign of poor practice

Lawyers must insist on their EU-sanctioned right to a 48-hour week. And so should their bosses, says Neasa MacErlean . WHY are lawyers so likely to be workaholics? This question was indirectly addressed in a research report on long working hours from the Institute of Personnel and Development last week. Although the document did not […]

Financing

Alan Karter led the Simmons & Simmons team acting for Huntingdon Life Sciences Group on its £22m share issue. Slaughter and May acted for stockbrokers Kleinwort Benson Securities and for Huntingdon’s financial adviser Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Charles Russell acted for the investors and Wilde Sapte for National Westminster

In brief: Changes at The Lawyer

The Lawyer has a new publisher. Rachel Lesiter, commercial director of Lawtel, is to take on the role in addition to her current responsibilities. Former publisher Mark Wyatt has left to pursue other interests.

Is flexible working a waste of time?

Richard Tyler looks at how some visionary firms are aiming to retain top staff by letting them work from home. Long hours and the legal profession go together like paracetamol and a hangover – one naturally follows the other. But for some lawyers this is a bitter pill to swallow. For them, a successful legal […]

Legal Aid – Franchise hopefuls' time runs short

Firms that want a legal aid franchise have only three months to prepare. Peter Warner warns what is involved. The recent announcement by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) of the timetable detailing the dates by which they expect to move towards exclusive contracts has dismayed many practices. The last date to make an application for […]

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