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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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Wave of marketing moves hits City

MARKETING managers in the City are at the centre of a wave of job moves involving at least seven firms. And the spate of new marketing appointments seems likely to continue as practices which have lost their marketing directors, including SJ Berwin & Co, attempt to entice people away from other firms. Some observers comment […]

Freshfields appoints Markland as first Asia managing partner

LONDON-BASED Freshfields partner Ruth Markland is returning to Asia after six years in the UK to become the firm’s first-ever managing partner for the region. Markland moves out at the end of the month to assume control of Freshfields’ Asian network, which covers Tokyo, Hong Kong/China, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. From […]

Private firms may run courts

Private corporations tendering for the contract to run the UK’s court computer systems could end up running most of the systems. The process is already under way for a planned handover around May next year but despite a statutory requirement the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has not consulted the judiciary in full on its plans. […]

Commission boosts local society cause

A “VIBRANT” network of active local law societies has been unearthed by a commission set up to examine their relationship with Chancery Lane. The Partnership Commission, given the task by the Law Society with the aim of strengthening Chancery Lane’s links with the grassroots of the profession, reported to the local law society conference held […]

Lawyer unswayed by immigration package

The introduction of new technology in UK entry ports will allow immigration officials to check for illegal immigrants in just 15 seconds. A computer which can read passports and process them against a central data bank of 400,000 suspects has been on trial at Heathrow, Gatwick and Dover for 12 months. Now the Home Office […]

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