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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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Keeping up appearances

Sonnenschein and Cadwalader got plaudits for being open about their redundancies. Others were more coy. Which is best: transparency or stealth? The beauty of law firms has traditionally been their counter-cyclical nature. The presence of a hefty litigation or arbitration group has provided a natural hedge against a market crash in any particular transactional business […]

US patent pre-eminence under threat as China posts 25 per cent increase

China is on course to overtake the US as the world’s largest patent-filing jurisdiction by 2012 if the growth in both countries continues at its current rate. A report by US research company Evalueserve has found that patent filing in China is increasing year-on-year by 25 per cent for domestic companies and 4.5 per cent […]

Holroyd back in practice with LSA, legal aid brief

Law Society president Andrew Holroyd, who completes his term of office next month, will return to Liverpool-based Jackson & Canter Solicitors to manage the firm’s Legal Services Act (LSA) and legal aid strategy. Holroyd told The Lawyer his year in the presidential office had given him a clear idea of the challenges facing his firm. […]

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The Health and Safety Executive has estimated that 13.8 million working days are lost due to work related stress each year with an annual cost to employers of £13 billion. Many more working days are lost to other mental health illnesses. Statistics like these prompted the government to announce recently that it would spend £5 […]

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