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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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Leading UN war crimes prosecutor, Justice Louise Arbour, used her opening IBA address in Vancouver to attack states and international organisations involved in Bosnian peacekeeping over their reluctance to supply evidence to the Hague tribunal. She said states that had been observing or peacekeeping in Bosnia had been “reluctant” to give evidence needed to support […]

In brief: College of Law hires de Friend from Kent Uni

Richard de Friend (right), previously pro-vice chancellor of the University of Kent, has become director of the College of Law’s London branch at Store Street. Professor Paulene Collins has joined the college as professor and head of staff development and training. Collins was previously chief training officer at the Law Society. John Stanford joins as […]

Law Society in the dock

For the profession to have responded imaginatively to the challenge posed by Diana’s death, it would have needed some leadership. But the Law Society is currently in no state to step into this particular breach. Its total failure to make any attempt to co-ordinate the profession’s pro bono activities is legendary. This week The Lawyer […]

In brief: Leading trio look outside law for new directors

Three leading firms have made new management appointments. William Barnes, former head of professional practices at accountants Deloitte & Touche, will join London firm Masons as operations and business development director while Jock Birney, former corporate finance managing director at investment bank SBC Warburg, joins national firm Hammond Suddards as a non-executive director. Meanwhile, John […]

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Barrister Christopher Cousins, whose plea to an Essex magistrates court not to ban Eastenders “bad boy” Ross Kemp from driving for speeding fell on deaf ears. According to The Sun, Cousins told the court Kemp feared he could be attacked by hysterical fans if he used public transport. Boodle Hatfield, which was at the centre […]

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