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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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Scotland blazes the estate agency trail

The success of lawyers undertaking estate agency work in Scotland has no doubt struck a note with English colleagues. With some property centres having 85 per cent of the market in particular regions, it is clear that solicitors can compete with other businesses in different markets. Glasgow law firms, which have only recently moved into […]

Non-lawyers to prosecute for CPS

ONE of the founding principles of the Crown Prosecution Service – that lawyers should be exclusively responsible for the prosecution of cases – has been swept away by the government. Last week, the home secretary, Jack Straw, announced that non-lawyers are, for the first time, to be allowed to review files and prosecute uncontested cases […]

In brief: Clients get advice from Law Soc leaflet

The Law Society has published a new leaflet – Working with Your Solicitor – which advises clients on how to get the best out of their relationship with a solicitor. The leaflet provides information on choosing a solicitor, preparing for a first meeting and dealing with costs. It includes a checklist for clients.

In brief: Telecoms privacy variable, says report

The London office of US firm Sidley & Austin has completed a report for the European Commission on the national laws in the 18 member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) relating to the protection of privacy and personal data in the telecommunications sector. The report reveals that most countries have legislation in place […]

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