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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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Top chambers hits out after 'cronyism' claim

Lord Irvine’s former chambers, 11 King’s Bench Walk, is hitting back against allegations of “cronyism”. The accusations were sparked by a Tory MP after it emerged that the bulk of legal work commissioned by the Lord Chancellor’s Department since Irvine took the helm has gone to his former set. Since May 1997, 11 King’s Bench […]

Trowers & Hamlins raises Oman stakes

CITY firm Trowers & Hamlins is moving to bigger offices in Oman as competition in the Gulf hots up. The move comes as Baker & McKenzie announced plans to open an office in Bahrain, as exclusively revealed last week in The Lawyer, and Denton Hall this week opened for business in Dubai. Nick Hills, Trowers […]

Law Soc plans advertising attack on legal aid changes

THE LAW Society is planning to attack the Government’s changes to legal aid, and the Access to Justice Bill, by launching an advertising campaign. David McNeill, head of press at the Law Society, says talks are underway with shortlisted advertising agencies. He says the focus of the campaign will be aimed the general public. “Legal […]

City firms break work time law

City law firms are breaking the law over the 48-hour working week – despite a strict ruling in the High Court last week. In the first judgment on the Working Time Regulations since they came into force last October, a High Court judge ruled that five members of pit deputies’ union NACODS did not have […]

Eagle Star sheds its in-house

Eagle Star Insurance is closing its in-house legal department following its merger with Zurich Insurance. One of its lawyers has already relocated to Zurich’s UK legal department based in Fareham, Hampshire, while another three have decided to move on to other things. Paul Hitchings, group legal adviser, says the “discontinuation of some litigation activity” is […]

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