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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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Law Soc education head defends training reforms

The Law Society’s head of education and training Julie Swan has issued a robust defence of its proposals for training reform on the conclusion of the consultation period. The Training Framework Review (TFR) was established four years ago to bring flexibility to the qualification process and improve access to the profession. Its objectives were widely […]

North South divide at Addleshaws

Addleshaw Goddard‘s move to place its new equity partners on the same number of points, regardless of whether they live in Chelsea or Churwell (it’s near Leeds, in case you wondered), has startled a few rivals. As one national managing partner put it: “Does that really mean that, pound for pound, penny for penny, a […]

Law Soc slammed again over complaints handling

The Law Society has yet again come under fire over its complaints handling after the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner published her first annual report. The commissioner, Zahida Manzoor, criticised the lack of progress in the way the Law Society conducts its complaints handling. In particular, she said the society lacked key skills to plan and deliver […]

Early prisers

Richards Butler is taking the hunt for its next rainmaking partner to the extreme. With the motto ‘get them early’ clearly its mantra, the firm recently held a seminar aimed at its clients’ children. The ‘Do You Want To Be A Lawyer?’ lecture saw around 60 children between the ages of 14 and 18 listen […]

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