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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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London firm's major restructuring pays off

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Race victims 'get poor deal'

VICTIMS of racially motivated crimes get a poor deal from lawyers and the legal system, a Law Society conference heard. But the conference was split on the Home Affairs Select Committee’s recommendation for a specific crime of racial violence. Barrister Courtney Griffiths said the law was adequate and legislation would divert attention from more practical […]

Judicial review guidelines aim to cut number of challenged court decisions

In-house government law-yer Fred Croft has devised new guidelines for administrators, aimed at reducing the number of decisions challenged in court. Croft, deputy head of litigation, is behind the latest edition of ‘Judge over your shoulder’, a booklet aimed at highlighting the legal framework for decision-making. The guidelines were first published in 1987 but have […]

Ethnic minority lawyers hold conference

Lawyers from the UK’s ethnic minorities will be offered advice and information at a conference to be held on 5 November. The African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers’ Group is holding its annual conference at the Law Society. The event is open to students and lawyers and will cover subjects including articles, pupillage, outdoor clerking, paralegal […]

Parker Bullen expands office base

Parker Bullen is expanding its offices in Salisbury and Andover by strengthening its existing bases in those locations. The members of the firm’s former Southampton office merged with Bell Pope & Bridgewater, another firm in the city, and not the entire practice of Parker Bullen as reported in last week’s The Lawyer. Parker Bullen, which […]

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