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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 […]

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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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Partner gets share of Audit top job

A PARTNER at Eversheds has been appointed as the Audit Commission’s first head of legal services since the position was split down the middle. Rod Ainsworth, head of the national law firm’s public sector planning and environmental team, takes up the post next month. Audit chiefs have been looking to appoint someone since they divided […]

In brief: Conferences aim to cut delays in justice

Five national conferences will examine ways of cutting delays in the criminal justice system. They will be organised as part of an action plan published by the Criminal Justice Consultative Council last week. The proposals for the coming year aim to improve communication, co-operation and co-ordination among agencies working in the system.

Keeping one step ahead in the financial game

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the launch of the City Promotion Panel in late July, with a remit “to promote Britain’s financial services industry”. The Treasury made it clear that Britain meant UK-based businesses; and the panel includes senior executives from Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Paribas, chairmen of NatWest and Schroders and other […]

Solicitors,barristers…attorneys?

US-STYLE “attorneys” will be introduced to the UK legal system if a proposal by the College of Law is taken up. The title would be given to those who do not qualify as barristers or solicitors but who continue careers as legal advisers or paralegals. Education planners at the Guildford college have included the new […]

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