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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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Golden age of lawyers must not be tarnished by profit principle

ABA president Philip Anderson says the profession must jealously guard its independence in the face of an onslaught from big business. Philip Anderson is president of the American Bar Association. Siegfried Sassoon wrote a paean to English country life in the late nineteenth century and published it as The Old Century (Faber & Faber, London […]

Cash crisis and poor prospects for young Bar

Shaun Pye looks at the Bar Council report on overburdened student finance, and finds a profession unwilling to put its hands in its pockets to help. Let us start with the blindingly obvious. It costs a massive amount of money to train as a barrister. In a worst-case scenario, a non-law degree student will leave […]

German move for Pictons

West End firm Picton Howell has recruited German and English qualified Greg Davidian from the legal department of Scottish Amicable to head its German desk.

Herbert Smith follows A&O into Bangkok as crisis fades

Herbert Smith has become the second City firm in a week – along with Allen & Overy – to announce plans for a Bangkok office. Herbert Smith’s London-based spokeswoman said the firm hoped to have the office up and running in November. But she would not say how many lawyers would be sent to Thailand. […]

Looted art immune to limitation period

A ruling on the limitation period governing lost items has implications for the art and antiques world, writes Roger Pearson A High Court ruling leaves little doubt that those who put items of art up for sale and fail to research their background do so at their peril. The case, held during the summer vacation, […]

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