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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: New senior partner for Manchester firm

Manchester law firm Kuit Steinart Levy & Co has appointed former president of the Manchester Law Society Nathan Marks as senior partner. His previous role of managing partner has been taken by company and commercial lawyer Bryan Bodek. Marks has been managing partner for 10 years, in which time the firm has increased from a […]

Mackay steps in on living wills report

THE LORD Chancellor has announced he will not implement a Law Commission report which took five years in the making. Although his department has not rejected the commission’s report on mental incapacity out of hand, a parliamentary answer by Lord Mackay last week suggested it would prove more controversial than anticipated. The report, published as […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: THE LAWYER INQUIRY:Denise Dowen

Denise Dowen was born in Walsall in 1965. She now lives in Newcastle where she is employed as an environmental lawyer with Dickinson Dees. What was your first job? My older brother’s paper round in return for ice creams. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? I did it for love. What would […]

Not ready for finance advice

It seems a significant number of firms are taking to providing financial services advice and setting up departments manned by investment advisers. I read regularly of new firms moving into this area. While no-one can blame firms for looking at new business opportunities (indeed, they must be commended for their initiative), it is nonetheless a […]

In brief: Vice Chancellor's role is extended

The Vice-Chancellor Sir Richard Scott has been appointed head of civil justice by the Lord Chancellor. The decision to extend Sir Richard’s responsibilities to cover civil justice is in line with one of the recommendations of Lord Woolf’s interim report on reform in this area. Lord Mackay said: “As a senior serving judge, the Vice-Chancellor […]

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