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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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Law firms and unions have urged the Home Secretary to reconsider his plans to re-impose a tariff system under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme following a landmark decision which ruled it unlawful. Trades Union Council general secretary John Monks has written to Michael Howard saying there should be proper discussions on the subject and a […]

Agency row continues over client list

LEGAL recruitment agency Reuter Simkin is considering criminal charges against rival agency Daniels Bates Partnership over the alleged theft of confidential client-related information. Such charges would follow Reuter Simkin’s successful civil action last month for the return of documents taken out against an ex-employee and the Daniels Bates agency, which allegedly poached her (The Lawyer […]

In brief: Young Bar groups' stage liability event

The European Young Bar Association in conjunction with the Rotterdam and Dordrecht Young Bar Association and the Hamburg Young Lawyers Group is holding a one-day seminar in Rotterdam next month. The seminar, which will address the issue of civil liability resulting from the carriage of dangerous goods, is aimed at those practising maritime and general […]

Ince & Co integrates Elite into its system

* City firm Ince & Co has ordered Elite’s legal billing, nominal and purchase ledger, conflict of interest and marketing systems. They will be operated on a central Hewlett Packard Unix server and integrated with the firm’s front-office PC LAN. Andrew Jennings, director of finance and IT at the firm, says: “The only way our […]

Euro court rules out fees VAT recovery

A European Court has ruled that VAT on UK corporate lawyers’ fees cannot be recovered. The judgement supports the view of HM Customs & Excise which, since 1989, has meant UK businesses pay 17.5 per cent more for their lawyers than their European counterparts. It was made despite the fact that most continental countries have […]

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