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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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Hill Taylor hit by partner defections

Hill Taylor Dickinson has been hit by the loss of two insurance partners, who joined the firm less than two years ago from what was then McKenna & Co. Robin Williams and Tim Burton joined Hill Taylor in November 1996, when they led a defection of McKennas’ 15-strong Lloyd’s team. Williams has already joined Titmuss […]

Vizards in turmoil as equity partnership splits in two

City insurance specialist Vizards was in disarray last week after its eight equity partners split into two camps, both of which went on to claim they had secured the backing of the bulk of the rest of the firm. The split happened during a partners’ meeting on 22 October, when four of the equity partners […]

It has been a bad week for

Internet porn surfers. KPMG and Denton Hall have set up a web site – http://www.kpmgiwf.org – to encourage the public to express their views on the illegal content on the Internet. Remember, “Honest I was looking for the Lawtel law reports, I don’t know how I ended up in www.pervert.co.uk”, is not a valid excuse. […]

In-house forum launch in Monte Carlo

The Lawyer is to launch The In-House Lawyers’ Forum next February. The initiative, announced at Legal Monte Carlo 98 at the weekend, will be run by The Lawyer and sponsored by Eversheds. The first regional forum will be held in London in February next year and will cover the topic of bench-marking in-house legal department […]

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