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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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The heat is on for small firms without succession plans The recession after the global financial crisis of 2007 brought widespread malaise to the business community, and the legal profession has not been immune to infection. Greatly reduced demand for conveyancing services as the property market stagnated was just one pressure faced by law firms. […]

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On Thursday The Lawyer’s student publication Lawyer 2B is holding an unmissable event at the University of Law in London, targeted at non-law students who are considering the conversion course. You can sign up at http://www.l2blawfornonlaw.co.uk – and read around the topic in the meantime. Sign up for the event Careers: Transformers In defence of […]

Practical tips for avoiding industrial action

By Sarah Booth An HR director in France was recently ‘taken hostage’ by employees during an industrial dispute. While this is an extreme example, employers wanting to avoid or manage industrial action would do well to consider the following points Industrial action encompasses strikes, ‘work to rule’, overtime bans and ‘go-slows’. Employees who participate in […]

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