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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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Bakers merges with Chile firm

INTERNATIONAL giant Baker & McKenzie has merged with Santiago practice Cruzat, Ortuzar & Mackenna, to establish the first multi-national law firm in the city. The firm, which has more than 50 offices in 34 countries across the globe, already operates a strong Latin American network with offices in Caracas, Bogota, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Rio de […]

In brief: Equality lawyers offer advice service

Leading equality lawyers have set up a new organisation to improve the legal advice offered to people claiming to be victims of discrimination, harassment or abuse. The Discrimination Law Association was launched at a conference opened by Diane Abbott MP and attended by solicitors, barristers, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Equal Opportunities Commission.

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Middle East group looks back on year of success

ASSISTANT under-secretary of state at the Foreign Office, Andrew Green, was guest speaker at the first anniversary event of the British Middle East Law Council (BMELC). Green, a former Ambassador to Syria, congratulated John Young, president of the council, and Ibrahim Kanaan, secretary general, on the energy and drive they have shown in establishing the […]

Trainees must make salary choice

TRAINEE solicitors are being pressured into choosing between dropping their demands for an increase in the minimum salary or losing it altogether. Roger Jones, chair of the Law Society’s training committee, has told the Trainee Solicitors’ Group he will not press for a vote on the abolition of the salary later this month if the […]

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