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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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In brief: Extra work on cards for council lawyers

Local government lawyers could face an extra workload if the Labour government gives local authorities the go-ahead to raise private sector finance for housing. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has indicated that he is keen to allow councils to borrow privately, as housing associations already do, although this has yet to emerge as official Government […]

Former Law Soc president backs Task Force plans

FORMER Law Society president Martin Mears has pledged his support to plans mooted by lobby group Task Force to prevent firms suing employees for negligence. The Law Society’s standards and guidance committee is to examine the issue when it meets next month. Mears wants firms to disclose, at interview, whether or not they will sue. […]

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For most lawyers the PC is a vital strategic tool. Many would no more consider practising law without one, than they would without a phone. So the question is no longer “Should I use a PC?” but “How can I use my PC investment to make my practice more efficient, competitive and profitable?” Part of […]

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The Law Society is unfriendly, unhelpful, poor at promoting and representing the profession and does not listen to its members’ views enough, according to a survey of solicitors from various areas of practice. The survey of 1,120 solicitors in private practice, local and central government, and commerce and industry, was carried out for the Law […]

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