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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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Sycamore-Sayer election twist

THE Law Society vice president, Phillip Sycamore, has announced he will stand for the presidency in the summer, and has asked rival candidate Robert Sayer to be a running mate. Sayer, who was stunned by the offer to stand as Sycamore’s deputy vice president, has said he will need a lot of convincing to accept […]

Slaughter and May slips out of issues top 10

Slaughter and May has dropped out of the top 10 law firms involved in international bond issues, according to an annual league table produced by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR). The firm has slipped from the main table of “advisers to lead managers” for the first time in 15 years of the survey. In […]

SIF faces calls for independent probe

MEMBERS of the Law Society’s ruling council have demanded an independent inquiry into the circumstances behind the Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s shock announcement of a £248m shortfall in contributions. Concern has also been expressed at the manner of last month’s announcement by the SIF that law firms faced a possible 30 per cent hike in their […]

Know your enemy

The Enemy Within is a conference on computer crime in the workplace. Speakers include Adam Bates, fraud investigation partner at KPMG, and Nick Harwood, manager of detective operations at British Telecom. The event takes place on 5 March at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. For further information, call AuthenTec International on 01296 […]

Society denies threat to compensation fund

THE IRISH Law Society has been forced to reassure the public that its compensation fund is secure after speculation that an £11m claim could threaten it. The massive claim followed the suicide in 1992 of Dublin solicitor Jonathan Brooks, who left behind a complex series of debts totalling £11m. The society has paid £3.3m to […]

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