In brief: Initiatives could cut court wait for children

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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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Glaisyers loses team to Pannones

In a second blow to Manchester firm Glaisyers its five-strong construction team in Manchester, headed by partner Tom Ellis, has been poached by Pannone & Partners. The move follows the defection to Pannones of Glaisyers’ head of company and commercial, Mark Hodge, which was reported in The Lawyer last week. Ellis said that he and […]

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In brief: Report pushes for abolition of QC title

A new report by the Adam Smith Institute, published on 2 February, calls for the abolition of Queen’s Counsel to ensure a free market in advocacy. The report was written by Peter Reeves, a former Oxford solicitor, and argues that the selection of silks is an arbitrary process which enables those chosen to that position […]

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Merging with a German firm seems to be flavour of the month as UK and US firms chase their German counterparts. Linklaters and Clifford Chance led the way and now Freshfields is following suit. Freshfields’ link-up with Deringer Tessin, which The Lawyer revealed some 18 months ago to be on the cards, caused some degree […]

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