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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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CCT seen as potential career path cul-de-sac

Many young lawyers are choosing not to join local government organisations because they fear their career path may be cut short by compulsory competitive tendering. Peter Keith-Lucas, president of the newly merged Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors, says the tendering of council legal services every five years means that many potential local government lawyers […]

King steps down from Denton Hall chair

Henry King, Denton Hall’s chair, has stepped down after his three-year term in office following an increased workload outside the firm as chair of three companies. King is chair of Rentokil, which has just successfully acquired BET, and was recently appointed chair of City Centre Restaurants. He is also the chair of GKR, an executive […]

Labour targets City law firms in £100,000 fund-raising initiative

THE LABOUR party is targeting City lawyers in an initiative designed to draw on what it views as an as untapped source of funds. The Society of Labour Lawyers, which has been asked by party headquarters to raise at least £100,000, will hold a series of seminars in the New Year attended by front bench […]

Protecting the good name of lawyers

Image, the perennial problem for the legal profession, is particularly pertinent to personal injury lawyers, if the US experience is anything to go by. There, the excesses of lawyers, from ambulance chasing to touting for business at the scene of accidents, have managed to give the legal profession a rather sullied reputation. The consequent loss […]

Council fails to stop arcade

Derby City Council’s attempt to block a proposed shopping arcade by citing the traditional rights of the council’s market has been thwarted by a High Court decision. In Shops Centre had gone to the High Court in October seeking declaratory relief and arguing that its proposed shopping centre would not constitute a rival and therefore […]

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