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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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Beresfords faces SRA over coalminers’ fees

A solicitors’ disciplinary hearing against Jim Beresford of Beresfords Solicitors kicked off today, with the name partner facing 11 allegations of misconduct. A solicitors’ disciplinary hearing against the UK’s richest lawyer, Jim Beresford of Doncaster-based Beresfords Solicitors, kicked off today, with the name partner and his colleague Douglas Smith facing 11 allegations of misconduct. Fountain […]

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Two UK firms fall victim to the crunch

The economic crisis has claimed its first two substantial victims in the British legal sector. The economic crisis has claimed its first two substantial victims in the legal sector. London firm Saunders Solicitors, which had 10 partners and a turnover of £2.5m, was wound up in October by administrators BDO Stoy Hayward, drafting in a […]

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Thompsons goes up against ex-partner

Thompsons is set to go head-to-head with former partner Stefan Cross in a case that could have far-reaching implications for equal pay cases in Scotland. Thompsons partner Syd Smith is acting for Unison member Jacqueline Quinn in a claim against Cross. Cross threatened legal action against Quinn after she refused to pay a £500 contractual […]

Client relationship managers start network

Client relationship managers have set up a network to tackle issues facing client account professionals. Members will discuss best practice, career progression, professional standards and the possibility of increased regulation of the role. The network was set up by Clifford Chance client relationship managers Eric Toh and Claire Rowles, but is open to staff at […]

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