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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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New Devereux head calls for better professional standards

Jeffrey Burke QC, the recently elected head of Devereux Chambers, has called for a continuation of the Bar’s move towards higher professional standards and competence. Burke, who is replacing Peter Weitzman QC at the head of the set, says continuing to build on a service mentality will be a key policy for the chambers. “For […]

In brief: Betts defends disclosure guidelines

Secretary general of the Law Society Jane Betts has defended the Law Society’s guidelines on disclosure of information, saying that far from clamping down on disclosure they are designed to facilitate openness. Writing in The Lawyer this week, Betts says the guidelines are “not intended to operate as a barrier” and will “make the secretary […]

Simmons casts its network around the globe

Simmons & Simmons is networking its offices in London, Paris, Brussels, New York and Hong Kong, linking over 1,250 employees through a common desktop platform. It is thought to be the first law firm to use an international frame relay service so extensively worldwide. The service, which will interconnect local area networks, is designed to […]

Jones Day continues its London recruitment

Steve Fiamma, head of US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in London, has made good on the promise he made in The Lawyer last week to “hire one or two more partners by the end of the year”. He has recruited Robert Thomson, formerly a litigation partner with Denton Hall. Thomson, a litigation specialist, […]

OSS promises investigation

The director of the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors, Peter Ross, has promised that the OSS will give full consideration to the British Legal Association’s complaint about the perceived mishandling of the Regis computer project. The complaint refers to solicitor members of the Law Society’s management board from January 1995 onwards. Ross said: “The […]

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