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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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New insurance unit

Browne Jacobson has launched a specialist unit believed to be the first law team to deal with the growing area of critical illness insurance. Changes in DSS benefits have led to this type of insurance becoming more popular.

Minorities shut out of US firms

Mary Heaney reports from the American Bar Association’s annual conference in Toronto THE PROPORTION of ethnic minority partners in the top 250 US firms has remained virtually frozen at a meagre 3 per cent for the past eight years, according to a major ABA survey. The survey, which was unveiled last week in Toronto by […]

The jury's out

A government paper does nothing to defend the liberty offered by the jury system, writes Bruce Houlder QC. Bruce Houlder QC is the vice chairman of the public affairs committee at the Bar Council. The Government consultation paper regarding mode of trial in either-way cases picks and chooses material gleaned from the Narey Report of […]

Lead us not into recession

“Boom or bust” is the order of today. Whether it be property prices, money markets or global warming, we are fed on a journalistic diet of hyperbole. One lesson that we have learned from the 1980s is that investments can go down as well as up. So let us not talk ourselves into another recession. […]

Bar memo admits 'ludicrous' fees

THE BAR Council has secretly admitted that some barristers are claiming “ludicrously high” legal aid fees after the government handed it a hit-list of 20 barristers whose fees have been heavily reduced on taxation. A confidential memo, obtained by The Lawyer, reports “anecdotal accounts of barristers claiming fees where they do not appear entitled to […]

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