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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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Are the provinces on a par?

Andrew Newbury discusses why solicitors are often dissatisfied with regional barristers’ performance. Andrew Newbury is a partner at Pannone & Partners’ family law division in Manchester. It is a common scenario for many solicitors. Time and expense has been invested in preparing for a hearing. You arrive at court with your client, reassuring them of […]

Only a matter of time until the “club of five' takes hold

The table of profits published last month in The Lawyer underlined the massive and growing difference in size, income and profits between the top five UK firms and the rest. There has long been a Big Six group of accountancy firms that dominate the audit market. It has now become the Big Five. There is […]

Cape Town takeover

South African firm Hofmeyr Herbstein Gihwala & Cluver has added 20-lawyer Cape Town-based Walkers to its growing national network. Hofmeyr will pick up Walkers’ clients like Old Mutual, one of the country’s largest insurance companies, which is in the process of demutualising.

Alsters takes over Cooksey Spencer

Leamington Spa firm Alsters has taken over Coventry firm Cooksey Spencer as it bids to become a major player in the Midlands. Cooksey Spencer’s two partners, Peter Law and Rachel Eaton, will become consultants at Alsters and the remaining 17 staff will also transfer to the firm. Following the takeover Alsters will have eight partners […]

Capital rules pose threat to lawyers

Many law firms will be driven out of the investment business by draconian new capital reserve requirements, solicitors are warning. Investment companies governed by existing financial regulators such as Imro have to keep at least a quarter of their annual turnover liquid to protect clients should they go bust. The Financial Services Authority (FSA), which […]

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