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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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The Lawyer Inquiry: Greg Leyshon

Greg Leyshon was born in Pontypridd, Wales in 1968. He is a corporate finance associate at Osborne Clarke. What was your first job? Part-time frozen food assistant at Tescos. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £12,500. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Fly half for Wales. Which […]

Law Soc secretly halves maternity practising fee

The Law Society has halved the practising certificate fee for women on maternity leave – without telling its women members. Judith Willis, chair of the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS), said she welcomed the reform, which was approved by the council this July, but added: “I am disappointed that the Law Society has not seen […]

Revenue and LCD use fraud trial as scanning test bed

By Elizabeth Davidson. THE Inland Revenue and the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) are using a complex fraud case at Southwark Crown Court in London to pilot scanning technology. Prosecutors have been scanning paper copies of transcripts and witness statements onto laptop hard disks since the case began on 7 September. Pilot manager Jonathan Epelle, of […]

Legal panels face rationalisation following insurers' merger

Insurance law firms will be awaiting the outcome of the latest major shake-up in the insurance industry the £15bn Commercial Union and General Accident merger with great trepidation. Firms known to act for Commercial Union on the insurance side include Berrymans Lace Mawer, Hugh James and Weightmans. General Accident has, in the past, instructed Hammond […]

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