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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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Oxleys partner to boost litigation dept

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Manches seeks another merger to keep growing after swallowing Rubinsteins

Manches & Co is looking to merge with another practice to mark the next phase of its expansion following its take-over in 1994 of London-based Rubinstein Callingham Polden & Gale. Corporate partner Melvin Pedro said: “A merger would make sense for us because there are definite advantages in having the kind of economies of scale […]

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Dressage rider Carl Hester has set a first by being sponsored by a group of barristers. A syndicate of 15 barristers from commercial set Brick Court Chambers – including head of chambers Christopher Clarke QC – has agreed to sponsor the top British dressage rider in what is believed to be the first Bar sponsorship […]

Balfour installs high-tech phone messaging system

SCOTS firm Balfour & Manson has invested over £70,000 in state-of-the-art telecommunications equipment. It will be one of the first law firms to operate a Visual Mailbox, which allows employees to access their voice and fax messages from their PCs, meaning they can prioritise which messages to respond to first. Clients will be able to […]

Bar pro bono unit wants direct access for public

The public will be able to use barristers without referral from a solicitor if the Bar’s new pro bono unit persuades the Bar Council to relax its referral rules. The unit, launched a month ago to tackle unchecked instances of injustice referred by solicitors, has been inundated with calls from the public. Under the Bar […]

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