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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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Fogel to wield new broom at Titmuss

Titmuss Sainer Dechert’s property head Steven Fogel has been chosen as the firm’s new senior partner to replace Michael Smith, who stands down on 1 May next year. Fogel, 47, who is regarded as one of the top 10 property lawyers in the City, is expected to bring a fresh eye to the firm’s organisation. […]

Polish legal practice strengthens PW network

BIG SIX accountancy firm Price Waterhouse has brought Polish law firm Krzysztof Wierzbowski into its international legal network, signalling its ambition to dramatically expand its Polish legal capability over the next year. The move is part of a concerted legal push by PW into central and eastern Europe this year which has already seen the […]

Judges to get wider training on discrimination in court

JUDGES and magistrates are to be trained in women’s issues and the problems faced by disabled people, the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) has announced. The JSB’s 16-member Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee (EMAC) is to be transformed into the Equal Treatment Advisory Committee (ETAC) with a widened scope to tackle judicial ignorance of minorities appearing in […]

In brief: Warwickshire practices head for merger

South Warwickshire firms GF Lodder & Sons and FB Hancock & Co are to merge from 1 January. Established in 1850, Lodders has five partners, and specialises in private client and commercial work. Hancocks, with three partners, has a similar client profile. The newly merged firm will have 33 fee earners, use the Lodders banner […]

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