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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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Low-key Bar Council conference aims to avoid the headlines

This year the Bar Council has decided to play safe and concentrate on the Human Rights Bill, reports Shaun Pye. The Bar Council was cock-a-hoop last year when newly elected Home Secretary Jack Straw agreed to address its annual conference. The Bar Council’s enthusiasm no doubt waned as Straw methodically laid into the profession, blasting […]

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“Lawyers are eunuchs… We know how to do it, we see it done every day, yet we don’t do it ourselves.” – John Verrill, vice-president of the Insolvency Lawyers Association. The inappropriately named Verrill is rather piqued that accountants get the exciting bit of winding up companies, leaving emasculated insolvency lawyers to do the backroom […]

Practices need IT

Bibi Berki examines a new solution to help high street firms get to grips with IT. Bibi Berki is a freelance journalist. Whichever way you look at it, the Law Society’s recent IT record is not one to be proud of. Its own much-heralded system Regis was labelled a “complete disaster” as much by those […]

Co-operation at the coalface

The sheer size of the British Coal multi-party action has led to firms working for a common goal, writes Chris Fogarty. After several years of case preparation and a hearing in the High Court that lasted 102 days, more than 100,000 former British Coal miners can breathe a little easier. In what is the longest-running […]

Reinventing the conference

Rebecca Towers finds out what conference providers are offering, but more importantly asks lawyers what they really want. Charged with the task of making legal conferences more dynamic and more relevant to a wider and younger audience, conference organisers have had to re-evaluate the needs of the legal community and re-package their brand for the […]

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