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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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Legal executives win advocacy right

Legal executives will be allowed to appear in a range of new courts, after being granted extended rights of audience by the Lord Chancellor. The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) president, John Wells, announced that the Lord Chancellor has approved ILEX’s application for the extended rights yesterday. The decision means that legal executives will now […]

UK Roundup: Management

End to Eversheds’ lockstep could herald growth End to Eversheds‘ lockstep could herald growth At The Lawyer, firms’ international strategies often vie with their equity structures for page space. Both are perennial issues for the UK’s largest firms and, with the end of the financial year in April, the latter was recently a particularly high […]

Govt barrister returns to Blackstone

Barrister Emma Dixon has returned to practise at Blackstone Chambers after four years working with the Government Legal Service (GLS). Dixon specialises in public law, human rights and environmental law. While at the GLS, Dixon helped develop and implement the employment directive and advised the Government on medical ethics. Dixon originally joined Blackstone in 1996.

Bar appoints new complaints commissioner

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed senior civil servant Robert Behrens as the new Bar Complaints Commissioner. Behrens, previously secretary to the committee on Standards in Public Life, succeeds Michael Scott in the role and takes up his post on 1 June. The complaints commissioner reviews the system for handling complaints against barristers as […]

Dickinson Dees in profits dip as turnover rises ten per cent

Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees has increased its turnover for the tenth consecutive year, hitting £47.8m. The figure is up ten per cent on last year’s, when top line was £43.8m. Projected profit per equity partner (PEP) is down on last year, however. 2005-6 PEP is £320,000, while in 2004-5 it was £326,000. Managing partner Neil Braithwaite […]

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