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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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Software suppliers in fury over Law Society IT guide

Legal software suppliers have attacked the Law Society for “doing a disservice to the legal profession”, and harming small businesses by producing a highly selective technology guide for the profession. The Law Society – which has a disastrous history of advising small firms about computers – was due this week to issue a free software […]

Ericsson brought in to manage CPS telephone system

THE Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has outsourced national responsibility for its voice communications services for the next seven years to telecommunications company Ericsson. International telecommunications systems suppliers Ericsson will manage voice communications across the CPS’ 100 sites, including voice mail, fax, paging and mobile phone facilities. The Charles Douglas Organisation, a firm of telecoms specialists, […]

Eleven sets axed in CPS panel cull

Senior barristers claim they have been “kicked in the teeth” by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), after 11 London sets were axed from the CPS list of “preferred sets” without warning last week. Under the preferred set system, introduced three years ago, 80 per cent of prosecutions in London are guaranteed to selected sets, with […]

In brief: Macfarlane elected corporate head at Ashursts

David Macfarlane has been elected head of Ashurst Morris Crisp’s corporate department, while Adrian Knight has stepped into Macfarlane’s old job as head of corporate finance. Macfarlane succeeds Geoffrey Green, who becomes senior partner on 1 December. Chris Ashworth has been appointed head of mergers and acquisitions.

Gunned down cameraman in new battle

Roger Pearson says insurance giant Royal & Sun Alliance is set to defend itself against claims made by a man shot four times. High-profile insurance company the Royal & Sun Alliance is heading for a High Court confrontation over its refusal to meet a damages claim by a TV news cameraman who has been unable […]

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