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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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Female Iranian lawyer receives Nobel Peace Prize

An Iranian lawyer was today awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, beating competition from a record 165 nominees. Shirin Ebadi is a lawyer, writer and human rights campaigner, and was the country’s first female judge before being forced to resign following the Islamic Revolution of 1979. On announcing the winner, the five-member Nobel selection committee said: […]

Reynolds Porter enters fray for Tory leader on ‘Betsygate’

Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith has drafted in Reynolds Porter Chamberlain partner David Hooper, the lawyer who acted for John Major in relation to the Edwina Currie affair, to advise on ‘Betsygate’.Duncan Smith has already made clear that he would take legal action against the BBC, which first broke the story surrounding his wife […]

Firm profile: Graham Stowe Bateson

The 1 October merger of Harrogate-based two-partner probate firm Hirst & Capes with 13-partner Graham Stowe Bateson saw the marriage of a heavyweight practice with a famous name. The merged firm will offer a bigger platform for Hirst & Capes, which has practised in Harrogate since 1817. Managing partner of the merged firm Arthur Bateson […]

Russell Jones settles employment dispute with GMB

Russell Jones & Walker yesterday settled its employment dispute with the UK’s second largest union, the GMB. On 12 May this year, the GMB lodged an application with the Leeds Employment Tribunal, claiming that the firm, well known for its union clientele, failed to comply with section 188 of the Trade Union Relations Act. It […]

Bar Council seeks support of the profession on keeping silk

The Bar Council is consulting all 14,000 barristers practising in England and Wales on how it should lobby Parliament on retaining the silk status. A draft submission has been sent to all heads of chambers and counsel are to respond by 30 October. Ministers are due to respond to a consultation paper on the question […]

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