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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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CC and Linklaters' new partners up global power

Clifford Chance has put the emphasis on its foreign offices with its new partner appointments for 1999. It has also increased the length of the list by over half, while many rivals have cut down this year. Out of 33 new partners, 20 are based overseas, with a particular emphasis on the firm’s Hong Kong […]

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The Mirror Group has provided a flood of headlines in the financial press over the past few months. Viewed by some as a company that has lost its way, the group now has two other media firms circling around each other looking at whether it would be a good link-up. The two companies Trinity and […]

Trainee dies in horse race imitation

A TRAINEE barrister has died in a railway accident after imitating the Grand National during post-party revelries. Ben Showell, 23, who was doing his pupillage at St Philip’s chambers in Birmingham, had been participating in a stunt by vaulting fences with the aid of a ladder. It followed a party in Brixton, London, on 10 […]

Legal Widow

The Dash for Cash is finally over, and it looks as if the Lawyer will get his pay rise after all. Mind you, like the Budget, I’m fairly sure there will be a catch, and he will find out that it won’t be implemented until 2002, and we’ll have more sulking and raging and refusal […]

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