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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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Recognising real class when you see it

Of the numerous awards that were given out at last week’s The Lawyer Awards two particularly stood out. The first was assistant solicitor of the year Owen Williams of Clarke Willmott & Clarke. The plaudits on the night should be put alongside the fact that Williams was chosen by some of the most respected names […]

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The man who was last week named assistant solicitor of the year received almost 600 job rejection letters, including one from a magic circle firm telling him: “You must be joking”, before finally landing a training contract. Owen Williams was judged the UK’s best assistant in The Lawyer’s Fifth Annual Awards by a panel of […]

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“I recommend the excellent publication The Lawyer to all honourable members, even if they are not lawyers, because it has highlighted the problems with the bill sensibly and clearly.” – Nick Hawkins, Tory MP for Surrey Heath, applauding our campaign on access to legal aid in the House of Commons.

Alliances dead…long live alliances

It was with some interest and significant amusement that I read the recent article on the end of alliances (The Lawyer, 14 June). The end of these organisations was predicted in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and now in 1999 by the competition and consultants. In 1989, when […]

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