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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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Improve complaints system or lose self-regulation, threatens Abraham

THE LEGAL Services Ombudsman Ann Abraham has given the legal profession until the end of the year to get its complaints handling right. Launching her 1997 annual report, Abraham warned the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) and the Bar Council’s new complaints system still had a “long way to go” before they could […]

Fair comment

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4395, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square Your light-hearted article in Tulkinghorn (The Lawyer, 16 June 1998) “Light father/ light son” was, underneath the irresistible tease, also light on factual accuracy. Serle Court Chambers has prided itself for years on its […]

SIF condemned by large firms

NOT a single large commercial firm wants to keep the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), according to a survey of the top 1,200 firms conducted by The Lawyer in conjunction with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The damning verdict on SIF – which is contained in this year’s The Lawyer/Pricewaterhouse Coopers Financial Management in Law Firms survey – comes […]

A&O focuses on "staying ahead'

ALLEN & Overy has appointed a new IT director and a partner in charge of knowledge management in the second major shake-up of its back office in less than six months. Under the changes – which bring to a speedy close an experiment to job-share the firm’s IT director post – Nick Taylor-Delahoy, IT manager […]

Ferry insurance qualification

The rights of insurers to side-step claims tot-alling US$1.8m, in respect of operational damage after a main bearing failed on a car ferry, will be scrutinised in the High Court. In a case which will centre on the definition of an “accident” under marine insurance policy terms, the Black Sea and Baltic General Insurance Co […]

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