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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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Dickinson Dees retains Braithwaite as leader

Neil Braithwaite has seen off a challenge from litigation partner Jen Smurthwaite to secure a third term as managing partner of Dickinson Dees following the first contested election at the Newcastle-based firm in more than seven years. Braithwaite, who has held the post since 1997, was voted in for a further three-year term following last […]

Brighton ruck

Perhaps it’s because of election year, but there was precious little legal presence at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton last week. Tulkinghorn’s mole found many exhibits advertising charities and trade unions, but only one dedicated legal stand. The Law Centres Federation was there to advertise its work for those who cannot afford legal advice, […]

Four fit for forfeits

Taylor Wessing showcased its new managing partner Mike Frawley’s talents when it hosted an all-star quiz show on 22 September. Lawyers and staff from across the firm descended on the boardrooms to witness the four contestants squirm during three quick-fire rounds of questions. The quizmaster was a mean-looking Anne Robinson clone in the shape of […]

Blandy takes on Manches family law partner

Manches have lost a family law partner to Thames Valley firm Blandy & Blandy. Kerry Fretwell joins the Reading firm as a partner, specialising in ancillary relief and cases involving children and is part of the Solicitors Family Law Association Training Committee. Fretwell was also involved in setting up the Collaborative Family Law Group. This […]

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