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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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Court backs CCBE stand on home title

THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice has handed down a judgment supporting the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union in its majority opinion on establishment. The judgment, which interpreted the 1977 Directive on Lawyers’ Services and Article 52 of the Treaty of Rome, came after the Italian Bar attempted to prevent German […]

In brief: Theodore Goddard wins training accolade

The Department of Education and Employment has named City firm Theodore Goddard as London Regional Winner of its National Training Award. The firm, which brought in a professional trainer to help improve profitability within the practice, won the award for a programme created to help its solicitors develop commercial and marketing skills.

For financial gain

This year has seen the end of the independence of three of the great names in UK merchant banking (Kleinwort Benson, SG Warburg and Baring Brothers); rapidly followed by the City’s leading broker Smith New Court. The new owners from the US, Holland, Switzerland and Germany were already established City players, albeit primarily in different […]

Give cash to proposal

It is good to see that the Judicial Studies Board is planning improvements to judicial training following Lord Woolf’s proposals for judicial case management. With judges taking a centre stage role in these proposals, it is essential that they are up to the task in hand. With little training currently available, this area needs to […]

Defamation reform urged

RADICAL reform of the UK’s “outdated” libel laws is needed, despite the Lord Chancellor’s existing proposals for change, says the Newspaper Society. The society, which represents the regional press, says the Government still needs to address fundamental issues including burden of proof, the role of the jury, and the award and calculation of damages, which […]

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