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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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Stephen Ball set to join Gibson Dunn in London

Nomura’s former chief general counsel Stephen Ball is resurfacing at US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher to head its UK practice. Ball left the Japanese banking group in February – where he was also managing director and a member of the board of directors and executive committee – in a shroud of mystery and has […]

Will some things never change?

The profession is modernising fast. Often reluctantly, sometimes resignedly, management, conditions, practices and reward structures are being dragged into the 21st Century. But there are still pockets of esoteric legal rituals and practices that stubbornly refuse to change. Even in the ultra-modern, high-tech business world of the City law firm some things are still done […]

It could be you

It is time for the annual round of partner promotions, when ambitious assistants await their fate. Sean Farrell goes behind the scenes at some of the City’s top firms and finds out what’s required to be among the chosen few. It is that time of year again, when a smattering of assistants, who have toiled […]

Need for equal access to bar

Jonathan Hirst QC, chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales, said in a letter (The Lawyer, 20 March,) that “the profession has always taken the wellbeing of its pupils seriously”. Has it? Or has the profession always put the wellbeing of barristers in independent practice before those seeking pupillage and tenancy. Examine the […]

Will fair pay give a fair criminal trial?

As prosecutors look forward to more pay, John Cooper says they already have too much power. John Cooper is a barrister at 3 Gray’s Inn Square. So prosecutors are going to be paid the same as defence barristers. Whether this means defence barristers are to take a pay cut to get down to the level […]

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