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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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Canadians pull out of Hong Kong

Canadian firm Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binningtons has been forced to close its Hong Kong operation after five years because it was unable to meet its growing commitments there. Partners Louise Pearson and Melissa Thomas have left the firm, with Thomas joining Hong Kong rival Freshfields, which is staffed by more than 50 lawyers. She […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 11/03/97

John Roger Davis, 45, admitted 1977, practising at material times as Davis & Co, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex, fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £2,314 costs. Also suspended pending compliance with order of Solicitors Complaints Bureau to pay £4,060 to a former client. Allegations substantiated that he failed to comply with decision of SCB. Tribunal said […]

David Fishwick on January's Supreme Court fees order.

David Fishwick is a partner at Blake Lapthorn. “Something for nothing,” should have been the title of a recent announcement by the Supreme Court Taxing Office. The Supreme Court fees (Amendment) order, which came into force on 15 January 1997, was greeted with surprise and dismay by the profession. Two of the more significant changes […]

HSSK software to be discontinued

Development of the High Street Starter Kit (HSSK) software – one of Law Society president Tony Girling’s flagship schemes – is to be discontinued because of a “clear loss of confidence” in the project. Law Society council members voted overwhelmingly last week to cut their losses and ditch the software, whose brief history was dogged […]

KPMG rules out growing law firm in favour of new alliance

Big six accountancy firm KPMG has all but ruled out growing its own law firm in favour of forging an alliance with an existing firm, according to senior partner Colin Sharman. Sharman, who last week took over as international chair of KPMG, told The Lawyer: “We have almost abandoned the strategy of building our own […]

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