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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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Rollits bags Walker Morris director of media

Yorkshire firm Rollits has appointed Ralph Coyle, Walker Morris’s director of media, as a partner in its company and commercial department. Coyle’s main focus is in media law, e-commerce and data protection. He said: “At Walker Morris I felt a little restricted. I chose Rollits because they offered me a broader corporate and commercial role.”

IBA steps in to stop death by stoning in Nigeria

The International Bar Association (IBA) has offered its support to Nigerian lawyer Hawa Ibrahim, who is defending Amina Lawal, the woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery in Katsina The IBA has also written to the Nigerian government calling for it to overturn the sentence, as it contravenes both Nigerian law and international human […]

High Court ruling clears CFA firms

Senior costs judge avoids ‘devastation’ with TAG decision Lawyers in some 700 firms have been saved from possible professional extinction after the High Court ruled that their conditional fee agreements (CFA) do not breach regulations. The hugely important decision by senior costs judge Master Hurst affects almost 250,000 cases and guarantees a windfall of at […]

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