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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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Washington firm forges London partnership

WASHINGTON DC-based firm Crowell & Moring has established its London office as a multi-national partnership between English solicitors and US attorneys. The partnership, which is relocating to Fleet Street later this month, is taking advantage of the Law Society’s recent change in rules which will allow it to represent clients in litigation in courts in […]

Trainees must make salary choice

TRAINEE solicitors are being pressured into choosing between dropping their demands for an increase in the minimum salary or losing it altogether. Roger Jones, chair of the Law Society’s training committee, has told the Trainee Solicitors’ Group he will not press for a vote on the abolition of the salary later this month if the […]

Australian Dart pierces the UK systems market

HUSBAND and wife team Geoff and Jane Morris have acquired the UK and European rights to develop and sell the ALS practice management system through Dart Legal Systems. For the past year Dart had been working with the system’s Australian proprietors to adapt the software for UK use. But communications problems have led to delays, […]

Judges hang up their wigs for good

THE LEGAL profession has said farewell to a veritable Who’s Who of distinguished judges. From Friday judges over 75 were no longer allowed to sit. The result was that a number of top judicial figures from the past who have returned to the bench in their retirement must hang up their wigs for good. Among […]

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