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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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With PI rates remaining within reach for the majority of law firms, Sandra Neilson-Moore fights the corner for a commercial insurance market when the ARP is scrapped in 2013 The renewal season for solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance is about to begin again in earnest. Sensible firms of all sizes should be considering their alternatives. […]

Unwelcome gifts

The SRA’s decision to defer scrapping the ARP is a hammer blow to the profession, says Mark Casady An eagerly awaited Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) policy statement was released on 19 April after a three-month consultation on the future of solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance. Sadly, there was little to celebrate as the SRA’s so-called ’gifts’ were […]

Because they’re worth it? Why firms use buy-backs

Buy-backs can be an effective tool to retain partners. But as Joshua Freedman asks: are they just bodge-it jobs? There are plenty of occasions when a fly on the wall in a City firm conference room would have a whale of a time. But few ­meetings could be better to ­eavesdrop on than the moment […]

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39 Essex Street silk joins Leveson LJ on NoW inquiry

A silk from 39 Essex Street has been appointed as counsel to Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into the phone-hacking allegations levelled at the defunct tabloid News of the World. Robert Jay QC will work alongside Leveson LJ, who was appointed to lead the enquiry earlier this month (14 July 2011). Yesterday the judge outlined details […]

Government legal roster put on hold as services review delayed

The Government Procurement Service, formerly known as OGC Buying Solutions, has delayed a review of its legal services framework agreement by 11 months, with the new roster now due to come into place in May next year. A position on the framework, previously called Catalist, is regarded as a seal of approval for firms offering public sector and charitywork, although many […]

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