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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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Hammonds’ lock-in “no longer needed”, Crossley

Hammonds will not renew the 14-month lock-in of its equity partners when it ends on 30 June, it emerged today (12 June). Managing partner Peter Crossley confirmed that the lock-in, instituted in May 2005, will not be extended. He said the extension was, “no longer needed to maintain the stability of the firm.” In February, […]

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F&C Asset Management’s legal department has completed a customer service survey for external clients and internal users in a bid to measure its performance. Sparked by director of legal services Gillian Switalski, surveys went out to key external clients and 50 top users of the legal function within the organisation. The replies are now in, […]

Hunt urges law firms to shape legal landscape

Lord Hunt of Wirral has called on law firms to respond to the draft Legal Services Bill or risk missing their chance to contribute to the future of the profession. Speaking to The Lawyer, Hunt warned that time is running out for firms to offer their views before the end of the consultation period on […]

Payne Hicks partner in 13 Old Square move to avoid admin

Partner Chris Jarman has joined the bar after 22 years as a solicitor at private client firm Payne Hicks Beach, choosing 13 Old Square to launch his career as a barrister. Jarman, who qualified as a barrister in 1976, told The Lawyer he had been looking to return to the bar for around a year […]

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