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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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Partners on the move…

Sheffield-based Wake Smith has made up two associates to partner level. The promotions of commercial litigator Elizabeth Smith and family lawyer Philipa Sanderson, will bring the total number of partners to 14. Cardiff firm Dolmans has promoted Justin Harris to partner level. Harris, who joined the practice in 1996, specialises in defendant personal injury law […]

Mediations double as reforms bite

NEW FIGURES released by the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) show that the number of mediations it has dealt with has doubled since Lord Woolf’s reforms. Between April and June this year, the organisation dealt with 80 mediations, a 100 per cent increase on the same period last year. The number of lawyers training in […]

Osborne Clarke gains Kemp's key IT partner

Osborne Clarke’s London IT department has gained one partner and lost another this week. The firm is poaching Clifford Chance-trained Ashley Winton, who helped to set up Kemp & Co with Richard Kemp last year. He is leaving because he says that a two-partner firm lacks the resources and breadth of work that he wants […]

Camerons claims major signing in Singapore…

Cameron McKenna has formed an alliance with a Singapore insurance law specialist firm. Camerons claims the exclusive relationship with Niru & Co is a major strategic move towards building an international insurance practice. But rival firms claim that the six-partner firm is not the leading insurance player that Camerons claims. Niru & Co was formed […]

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