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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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Disabled law firm clients harder to please

A survey by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has found that disabled people are in general less satisfied with the ­service they receive from lawyers than other consumers. The study found that 83 per cent of consumers who had used a solicitor in the past five years were either very or fairly satisfied with the experience. […]

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Having undoubtedly proven itself to be one of the world’s pre-eminent financial centres, the British Virgin Islands are a striking benchmark of the global economic downturn. By Andrew Willins The British Virgin Islands (BVI), with Tortola, the largest of the islands, only 12 miles long and three miles across, is scarcely detectable on an atlas. […]

BAA’s new GC to shake up advisers

BAA is poised to carry out a review of its external legal advisers following the recent appointment of Carol Hui as the airport operator’s ­general counsel. Hui said: “I’ll be reviewing BAA advisers. I’m new to the job and need to do whatever’s best for the ­business to ensure it has the advice that’s appropriate […]

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Paying the piper

The notion of partners earning less than their associates has always been the stuff of legend. In the terrible slump of the 1990s there was a number of firms where, it was whispered, the senior associates took home more than their bosses. But Blake Lapthorn, one of the stalwarts of The Lawyer’s top 100, is […]

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