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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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Former Maclays chief leads MBO of employment business

Employment and health and safety specialist Law At Work (LAW) has split from majority shareholder Maclay Murray & Spens following a management buy-out (MBO). LAW chairman Magnus Swanson, who was Maclays’ chief executive until last year, led the MBO along with the consultancy’s chief executive Jane Wright and its director of legal services Donald MacKinnon. […]

South African firm ENS poaches team from DLA

South African firm ENS has hired a team of three senior lawyers from DLA Piper’s South African affiliate, including the firm’s corporate and commercial head. DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s national corporate and commercial head Ian Hayes will join ENS in September along with his team. Hayes’ team comprises Marc Friedman and Lydia Shadrach-Razzino – who […]

Is there a magic bullet for legal services?

Mark Brandon ponders whether alternative business structures will be the saviour of the UK legal profession In my regular interviews with law firm partners and clients as part of my service, one of my favourite questions is: “In terms of the delivery of legal service, do you think there is a ‘magic bullet’, that is […]

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Coffin Mew asks mystery shoppers to rate service

Hampshire-based Coffin Mew has started a mystery shopping service in a bid to improve client experience and benchmark itself against competitors. The move is part of the firm’s recently launched ‘client excellence’ programme, which looks at improving levels of customer service following the feedback of secret shoppers. General customer experience, such as accessibility to staff, […]

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