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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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Reynolds Porter partner defects to rival

A corporate finance specialist, hired by Holborn firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain to spearhead its venture cap- ital practice has defected to Stephenson Harwood’s corporate finance group. Robert Haldane had been brought in from Clifford Chance, where he was a partner with a brief to increase the amount of work carried out by the firm on […]

Law Society proposal set to open way for Bahl challenger

A CHALLENGE to Kamlesh Bahl’s bid to become the first woman leader of the Law Society came a step closer last week with the preliminary approval of a plan for the council to nominate its own candidate. The proposal, hatched by a constitutional working party headed by the previous president Tony Girling, was given the […]

Shipping "notices of readiness'

Shipping lawyers will be watching out for an Appeal Court judgment which focuses on the criteria necessary to render “notices of readiness” notices stating that a vessel has arrived at port and is ready to load or discharge valid. Galaxy Energy International, charterers of the vessel Petr Smidt is appealing against an arbitration award in […]

End of an era for legal aid

“WE do not want to create a litigious society but one in which people respect one another’s rights,” Lord Irvine’s legal aid consultation paper, Access to Justice with Conditional Fees, pronounces. It proposes the immediate extension of conditional fee funding to all cases except in criminal and family law and suggests that defendants who lose […]

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MEDICAL negligence solicitors have emerged as the first lawyer victims of Lord Irvine’s legal aid reforms. All but the 90 firms which have solicitors on specialist medical negligence panels will be prohibited from undertaking legal aided medical negligence cases under Lord Irvine’s reform blueprint. The plan, to be implemented this summer, is likely to lead […]

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