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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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Will Mears stand yet again?

Former Law Society president Martin Mears is understood to be considering standing once again for the presidency in this summer’s elections. If Mears does stand it will be his fourth successive contest following victory in 1995 and defeats by Tony Girling and Phillip Sycamore in the last two years. However, there is speculation that Mears […]

Law Society's big joke on small firms

Dugald Sproull is senior partner at Sproulls Solicitors in Cornwall. Dugald Sproull speaks out on behalf of the high street firm, and gives out a warning that, unless the cries for the plight of the smaller practice are heard, it may become a dying breed. I suspect there is a secret agenda to put the […]

Naming and shaming

Martin Bowley QC thinks that the Government should put its own legal team in order before attacking other lawyers. Martin Bowley QC is barrister at 36 Bedford Row. It is difficult to decide whether the Lord Chancellor Department’s (LCD’s) recent attempt to “name and shame” lawyers and firms who have received substantial sums from the […]

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When selecting a dream team, some players are always first to be picked. But what of their support? Mike Yuille reports. Mike Yuille is a freelance journalist. In a solicitor’s fantasy counsel team, some names are bound to be first choice. Of these, the most frequently mentioned is Jonathan Sumption QC of Brick Court Chambers. […]

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