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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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Lovell White Durrant has appointed Christopher Sheridan, former chief executive of investment bank Samuel Montagu, as a non-executive member of its partnership board. He replaces non-executive John Wood who retired from the board earlier this year. Sheridan is seen as an impressive catch for Lovells given his long experience at Samuel Montagu. He spent his […]

Axxia system gets the vote from Irish eight

Alison Laferia reports Eight of the top Irish law firms have unanimously opted to install Arista case and practice management systems. The deal provides the supplier, Axxia Systems, with a major foothold in the Irish market. The firms grouped together to assess case and practice management systems in order to boost their buying and negotiating […]

Management/Agent Contracts. What protection for commercial agents?

“Commercial agents are a down-trodden race and need and should be afforded protection against their principals.” With these sweeping words, Lord Justice Staughton sought to protect agents in Graham Page v Combined Shipping and Trading (24 May 1996). The decision of the Court of Appeal granting the appellant agent a Mareva injunction has been interpreted […]

Title schemes endanger jobs

Solicitor Brian Marson warns that if solicitors expect to be paid something by lender clients they could well lose conveyancing work altogether (“Are we pricing ourselves out?” The Lawyer 6 August). It really is rather demeaning to suggest that any labourer (including a solicitor) is not worth his or her hire. I sometimes wonder whether […]

Commercial property still slack in '95

Residential and commercial conveyancing levels remained subdued last year, according to the latest annual report and accounts from the Land Registry. Chief executive Stuart Hill said: “For the sixth consecutive year, activity in residential and commercial convey- ancing, and in the mortgage markets, has rested at a modest level.” But the overall workload of applications […]

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