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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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A CLIENT who refused to pay a firm after he discovered an unqualified clerk was handling his case last week took his fight to the Court of Appeal. If he wins the case, it could have serious ramifications for unqualified assistants in law firms. Stuart Pilbrow claims that when he contacted East Grinstead firm Pearless […]

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Manchester-based firm James Chapman & Co – possibly the only solicitors in the land totally delighted with the this week’s decision by the Law Society to retain the Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund (SIF). While SIF represents the antichrist for many solicitors, for Chapmans SIF is a valued client. Prisoners, who may be allowed sex privileges during […]

Scots slam fixed fees in criminal cases

Scottish lawyers have attacked the Scottish Office’s changes to fixed fees for criminal legal aid, saying the payments do not make provision for complex cases. The fixed payment system for legal aid in summary cases – originally proposed in a Scottish Office’s consultation paper in October – was increased after responses to the paper were […]

Square Mile

WILL 1999 be the year of City law firm mergers? I think not. To begin with, lawyers hate change. Some of the recent rejected merger attempts demonstrate the point. While merger was strongly backed by “management”, the partners just would not vote for change. This was not based on strategy, it was simply a “no” […]

The word of God is law

While many Americans vilified Kenneth Starr as an over-zealous witch hunter, faculty members at Pepperdine University School of Law, California, courted him to be their dean. Students and professors at Pepperdine, who come from the same Christian legal world as Starr, say he would have been a perfect choice to carry out the school’s religious […]

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