In brief: New head of litigation at Herbert Smith

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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: Rowe & Maw appoints managing partner

Rowe & Maw’s head of litigation and dispute resolution group, Andrew Carruthers, takes over from Richard Powles as managing partner on 1 May. Powles, who was managing partners for six years, will now head the firm’s private client department. A spokesman from the firm said it had followed a “growing trend” among major law firms […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Helen Cannings

Helen Cannings was born in 1972 in Havering. She is currently working in Milan, Italy as a doctressa/paralegal. What was your first job? Temporary postman in Dagenham land of the snarling guard dog. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £100 per month, one day per week in London. What would you have […]

Law Soc would not gain from SIF bias

Russell Wallman answers the charge that the Law Society’s consultation paper on professional indemnity is weighted in favour of keeping a reformed mutual fund. Russell Wallman is director of policy at the Law Society. Last week The Lawyer argued that the consultation process on the future of professional indemnity is in danger of being damaged […]

Is justice being served by the Cases Review Commission?

A year ago the Home Office and the Northern Ireland office handed over their files on alleged miscarriages of justice to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Paul Taylor examines how well the new body is performing its task. Paul Taylor is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. Until the Criminal Appeal Act 1995, the decision […]

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