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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: Wragge & Co welcomes new associate

Jane Pittaway, former managing partner at Fox & Gibbons’ Dubai office, has joined Wragge & Co as an associate in the commercial group. “Using my connections throughout the Middle East countries, I hope to be able to open a few doors for Wragge & Co clients,” she said.

LAG unveils web site at 25th birthday party

THE party continued on into cyberspace for the Legal Action Group (LAG), which celebrated 25 years of cam- paigning last Friday with the launch of an Internet site and electronic legal services network. The organisation’s web site and an Internet database of legal groups around the world, were due to be unveiled during celebrations at […]

A foreign approach to legal aid

John Malpas looks at the recent outrage in the press over foreigners receiving legal aid EVEN for such a highly emotive topic as legal aid, things are getting rather out of hand at the moment. Last Wednesday a front-page lead in The Guardian reported “outrage” at the fact that a fraud case taking place in […]

Texas firm sizes up London with view to setting up shop

Leading Texas firm Baker & Botts is “evaluating” the legal marketplace in London with a view to opening an office in the capital. It is understood the move was prompted by the firm’s Moscow office, where Russian clients are keen to have access to Western markets. Baker & Botts, a 394-lawyer commercial firm, has offices […]

Fat cats and doormats

I am not a lawyer but unfortunately have experience of the legal profession. Recent reports of Lord Irvine’s comments on “fat cat” barristers really rings true when you become entangled in the legal system. If the other side have top legal counsel you have to do likewise. If you do not, you are at an […]

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