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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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Nick Cooper: Cable & Wireless

The task of turning around the fortunes of a fading FTSE100 force is a challenge for which Cable & Wireless global legal head Nick Cooper is uniquely equipped. By Ben Moshinsky At one time one of the UK’s biggest companies, Cable & Wireless (C&W) is now in the relegation zone of the FTSE100. As a […]

Law Soc announces ‘soft skills’ training initiative

The Law Society is planning a training programme designed to give lawyers access to ‘soft skills’ such as leadership, team building and client presentation in an initiative that law firms hope will help them with staff retention. The project, which is in its initial stages, could see the Law Society producing bespoke training materials as […]

Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. Freshfields’ retention hit by pension news of the first partners to depart Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the […]

Dating game

Proposed changes to inheritance tax laws affecting trusts will hinge upon the date on which the trust came into existence, reports Peter Twiddy Significant changes to the tax treatment of trusts were announced in the 2006 Budget, presumably as the Government was becoming more and more concerned that accumulation and maintenance (A&M) trusts were being […]

Amnesty calls for release of political prisoners in Haiti

After two years of near anarchy, the Caribbean republic of Haiti is beginning to take shape as a proper democracy. But human rights group Amnesty International warns that, even under the country’s newly reinstated democratic government, thousands of people are still being detained without charge, including political prisoners. Presidential and parliamentary elections held earlier this […]

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