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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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In brief: Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy has redrawn its partnership deed, introducing a corporate style of governance to make the firm more accountable to its partners. The firm has introduced an 11-member board, from which seven members will stand for election in October – including managing partner John Rink and senior partner Bill Tudor John. After October’s election, […]

It's been a bad week for…

Marriot Harrison, the media specialist firm which is acting for Lucasfilm, the makers of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. The firm is now helping Lucasfilm defeat the menace of the internet, after UK bootleggers pulled off the most sophisticated piracy job in cyberspace history. UK pirates are playing merry hell by distributing […]

Doughty Street Chambers

Christine Kings, senior clerk at Geoffrey Robertson’s Doughty Street Chambers, advocates a common educational programme for both solicitors and barristers owing to the shortage of tenancies. Kings says: “Many people come through and don’t get a tenancy, and other people start out as solicitors because they have more prospect of a steady income, then go […]

Getting real about legal education

Life for law students is set to change and their future employers are hoping the developments will reflect more accurately the needs of a profession that is itself changing. The change is happening at many levels. Students enrolling for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Leicester’s De Montfort University this year, for instance, will be […]

Civil court claims tumble amid Woolf reforms chaos

The number of claims filed in civil courts around the country has fallen dramatically since the Woolf reforms, amid accusations that the courts are a mess. While there are no figures being collated, the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has confirmed anecdotal reports of the drop since the 26 April reforms. A spokesman says: “The indications […]

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