In brief: Kent lawyers highlight legal aid concerns

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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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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 2/6/98

Peter George Wright, solicitor’s clerk of Bell Close, Drayton Parslow, Buckinghamshire, employed at material time by Good Fennemore, Central Milton Keynes, banned from further employment by any solicitor without the written consent of the Law Society and ordered to pay costs of £845. Allegation substantiated that he had been convicted on 16 January 1997 at […]

Chadbourne loses project finance team to Akin Gump

New York firm Chadbourne Park’s aspirations to set up a major project finance division in its London office have taken a hammering with the defection of two UK-based project finance lawyers to competitor Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Having been held to their contractual notice period, project finance associates Andrew Thomas and Elish Flax […]

In brief: Rowe & Maw recruits for Lloyd's group

Rowe & Maw has beefed up its Lloyd’s insurance group by taking barrister Martin Smith from Edwin Glasgow QC’s 39 Essex Street. Smith said that he was attracted by the greater involvement in the preparation of cases and enhanced client contact in a law firm.

Task force on a mission to liberate PFI

Jonathan Ball examines the role of the Treasury Project Task Force, and looks at the perception of its performance. Jonathan Ball is a freelance journalist. Despite the recent debacle over the lack of funding for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, there is evidence that the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) or Public Private Partnership, to employ […]

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