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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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UK partner in democracy role

LONDON solicitor Gerald Shamash has been involved in “brainstorming” sessions aimed at establishing an international body to act as a “consultant broker” to emerging democracies. Shamash, an electoral law expert and partner at Steel & Shamash, is a member of one of the specialist “issue groups” which met in Sweden last month to formulate guidelines […]

First chambers for Wiltshire

THE first barristers’ chambers in Wiltshire opened for business last week. Temple Chambers in Swindon is a “joint venture” between Guildhall chambers of Bristol and Pump Court chambers of London and Winchester. The new chambers can draw on the expertise of 74 barristers, including eight QCs, in a wide range of expertise which only excludes […]

IBM plans seminars

IBM is holding seminars around the country to introduce lawyers to its personal dictation voice recognition software. Events are planned in London (21 October; 23 and 29 November; 13 December); Manchester (24 October); Bristol (15 November) and Edinburgh (25 November). For a full list of locations and further details contact Elaine Richards on 071 202 […]

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