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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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Recruiters' alliance

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Euro-firm sprouts branch in Brussels

THE new European tripartite firm, Liedekerke Simeon Wessing, has opened an office in Brussels. The office is an extension of the alliance forged in September between French firm Simeon & Associes, Belgian firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck & Kirkpatrick and the German firm Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmermann Lange. The agreement allows each firm to offer its clients […]

Legal Aid Board 'delighted' by not-for-profit contracts interes

The Legal Aid Board is “delighted” and “reassured” by the response to its appeal for applications for block contracts in the not-for-profit sector. Almost 300 organisations have submitted statements of intent to apply for contracts in the second-phase pilot scheme. The contracts will be to provide advice and assistance in social welfare law in the […]

Irwin Mitchell targets Birmingham market following merger with five-partner Rigbeys

Irwin Mitchell is to catapult itself into the top 10 of Birmingham firms thanks to a merger with five-partner Birmingham practice Rigbeys, which will take effect next week. Irwin Mitchell’s managing partner, Howard Culley, said his firm had approached Rigbeys because of its corporate experience and because its expertise in insolvency, housing association and retail […]

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A sentence in the story “Accountants on the brink of taking law into their hands” of 1 November mistakenly referred to Price Waterhouse taking over Spicer & Pegler it should have referred to Touche Ross merging with Spicer & Pegler.

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