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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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SIF reports £20m growth in accumulated surplus

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) last week reported an increase in its accumulated surplus of more than £20m. The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) last week reported an increase in its accumulated surplus of more than £20m. In the last financial year, the fund’s accumulated surplus, or net profit, rose from £33.6m to £55.4m. Meanwhile, the number […]

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Oh the trials and tribulations of making equity. As if the general back-breaking workload and grovelling required to join the exalted few weren’t enough, it appears that the former Pinsents (pre mad merger with Masons) liked to put its high-rollers through a pre-equity pantomime. The story comes from a lawyer now safely ensconced in a […]

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Alison Diamond explains how to get the most out of that inevitable merger. Consolidation between law firms, both nationally and internationally, shows no sign of slowing down. When firms merge successfully, the individual career decisions of their lawyers and support staff come into sharp focus. People start thinking about themselves, their CVs and their futures. […]

AIMing high

A boom in mining, oil and gas and a resurgence in TMT in the last year has made AIM the place to be for law firms. Steve Hoare gives the lowdown on The Lawyer’s AIM survey There were 286 new issues on AIM last year. By any reckoning that is pretty phenomenal. In the 21 […]

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