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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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Plea for wills information

The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) is urging the establishment of a Central Wills Registry where all wills, irrespective of how they are drawn up, will be registered and checked for validity. ILEX is seeking examples of cases where a Central Wills Registry would have made certain that the deceased’s wishes were indeed carried out. […]

Law Soc examines grass roots setup

A LAW Society Commission has been set up this month to carry out the first major review of the workings of all 127 local law societies in England and Wales. The commission will examine the role and function of local law societies, including the 12 regional law societies, with a view to ‘raising their status […]

Solicitor advocates tackle wig issue head on

SOLICITOR advocates meet the Lord Chancellor this week to put their case for wearing wigs. The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates and the Criminal Lawyers Solicitors Association are calling for court-room equality. But some senior members of the Bar remain opposed to any change which would erode barristers’ distinctive dress. Lord Mackay issued a […]

In brief: Chris Latter

Lawyers and staff at City firm Berwin Leighton are mourning the loss of corporate partner Chris Latter who died on 13 January. The firm says the partner, who was 43, had been ill since Christmas following a major operation in the autumn. Latter joined the firm in 1986 and the firm says he will be […]

Laserform joins in to form user group

Fennell Betson reports The Laserform users group being set up will be a lobby group as much as a traditional users’ body, predicts James Mackintosh, former chair of the Society for Computers & Law. Mackintosh recently chaired a meeting at the Law Society in London which was organised by the supplier of computer generated forms […]

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