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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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Solicitors Trust signs network

The Solicitors Trust, the co-operative national press advertising campaign for solicitors, has signed up the Conquest legal network to promote the scheme. Conquest, which has 250 members, has negotiated a 10 per cent discount off the standard u70 per week cost to join the Solicitors Trust advertising club, which intends to spend u10,000 a week […]

In brief: Diggle back to work in one year

Angus Diggle, convicted of attempted rape, hopes to return to work as a solicitor when his one-year ban is up. Diggle, from Lancashire, who spent a year in jail, escaped being struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Tribunal chair Barrie Marsh said that although the matter was serious, Diggle had served his sentence, paid […]

Lawyers unite on problem Act

THE LAW Society is to meet with the Home Office to discuss its anxieties over “loopholes” in the new Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. The society will join representatives from the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Bar Council, Magistrates’ Association and Justices’ Clerks Society at the Home Office meeting. The concerns […]

Making concessions

Considerable attention has been paid to the complexities of launching concession based projects. Articles and seminars on the subject have proliferated, and the projects themselves are now appearing in greater numbers. Less public attention has been paid to the premature termination of concessions, though in practice the termination provisions in a concession contract are always […]

Mackay plan plugs franchise firms

FRANCHISED firms will be in the driving seat when it comes to competing for contracts under Lord Mackay’s proposed new legal aid regime. Details are yet to be fleshed out, but franchise-holders will have a distinct advantage when the system is overhauled. It is understood that non-franchised firms will not be barred from applying to […]

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