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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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Bar defeat poses regulation threat

FUTURE statutory regulation of the Bar is looming after the Bar Council’s surprise defeat by members over its proposed complaints scheme. Concern was expressed from all quarters, including the Legal Services Ombudsman, consumer bodies and the Labour Party, over the vote at the open meeting last week. The meeting was held because of opposition to […]

Firm shows off Windows form software

Firm shows off Windows form software Stationery group Oyez recently launched its new legal forms software at the Software for Solicitors exhibition. The Windows software for legal forms was previously marketed by Kedge. Oyez adapted the software for its own use. City firm Denton Hall currently uses Laserform, which is the market leader in electronic […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Moni Mannings

Born in London in 1963, Moni Mannings was called to the Bar in 1984 and requalified as a solicitor in 1988. She is a senior assistant in the banking and capital markets department at Simmons & Simmons. What was your first job? Manning the school secretary’s phone during lunchtime, two days a week, aged 10. […]

Planning overhaul is long overdue

Planning inquiries have long been a source of frustration for all those involved in the process. The absence of sanctions for failure to comply with the pre-inquiry timetable and disclosure requirements has meant statements of case, required soon after an appeal has been lodged, are often ill-prepared and late. This means the other side’s case […]

YSG probes advocacy 'problem'

AN OPEN meeting is being held this week in a bid to encourage more solicitor advocates to apply for higher court rights of audience. The open meeting at the Law Society’s council chamber on Friday is being organised by the Young Solicitors Group which says it is “very concerned” at the “extremely limited take-up” of […]

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