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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: Survey reveals £40m recruitment bonanza

An estimated £40m in commission has been paid by law firms to recruitment agencies over the last 12 months, according to a new survey of the leading 500 law firms. Market research company Winmark used its findings to rate Zarak Macrae Brenner as the top recruitment agency and KPMG Executive as the top search and […]

Race case 'shame' for faculty

Manchester University’s law faculty will have to pay the highest ever damages for racial discrimination in a case described by an industrial tribunal as “a matter of sadness and shame” for the faculty. On 13 November, Birmingham Industrial Tribunal ordered the faculty to pay £43,560 to lecturer Dr Asif Qureshi after upholding a string of […]

In brief: Jail for solicitor who lied for boyfriend

Crown Prosecutor Penelope Schofield was jailed for three months at the Old Bailey on Friday for lying in order to protect her policeman boyfriend Nigel Phillips after he was caught drink driving. Schofield had been found guilty of committing an act “tending and intended to pervert the course of justice”. Phillips was jailed for 16 […]

Advertise the caring face of the profession

The legal profession should shout about its pro bono work from the highest hill rather than allowing only the bad aspects to be publicised, says Tony Michaelson-Yeates. Tony Michaelson-Yeates is a solicitor. Only two weeks after Peta Sweet, the director of the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG), attended a conference of the Yorkshire Union of […]

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