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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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In brief: Urban renewal expert to Tyndallwoods

Urban regeneration law specialist Phil Shiner has quit his post at the Birkenhead Resource Unit to join Edgbaston firm Tyndallwoods. Shiner, who has a strong background in housing and planning issues, as well as working with the European Court of Justice, has joined the firm’s recently-established housing and community law department. Tyndallwoods marketing partner Judy […]

In brief: Law Society fears for Woolf reforms funding

The Law Society has echoed the concerns of the majority of the profession in questioning the Government’s will to commit financially to Lord Woolf’s proposed reforms for the civil justice system. In its response to the Woolf report the society argues the Government must make the investment necessary to streamline and simplify the system and […]

ABA urged to close law school doors

US LAWYERS are pressing the American Bar Association to shut the doors on law schools after recent figures showed the country’s attorney population had grown to almost 900,000. ABA president-elect Lee Cooper said it was “staggering” that the number of lawyers in the US had reached almost one million, compared with 400,000 in 1975. Cooper […]

Winning the public trust

In The Lawyer 5 September Gary Hickinbottom re-stated his view that it was unacceptable for experts to have an interest in the outcome of a case. While I would not necessarily disagree I have to ask whether the principle is any different from the legal adviser having an interest in the outcome of the case. […]

Open letter to Martin Mears

I understand that the nominations for the forthcoming working party on entry into the profession are to be considered by the Law Society Council on 21 September 1995. In our previous correspondence, you [Martin Mears] have not committed yourself to a view on whether the Trainee Solicitors’ Group should have one or more representatives on […]

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