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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: Cobbetts introduces annual review process

Manchester firm Cobbetts has introduced a performance review process for all its partners – from the senior partner down to the most junior. Each partner will have an annual performance review – together with a formal interim review after six months – and will be assessed on objective measures, according to partner Stephen Benson. Management […]

Cadwaladers scores UK first

The London office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has won its first major new client by being appointed to advise bondholders in the rescue of troubled UK telecom company Ionica. The appointment, after a beauty parade of several top firms in the US and UK, is a vindication of the New York firm’s heavy investment […]

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Jonathan Hull has been appointed group legal director and company secretary at theatrical and concert production company, the Really Useful Group. Hull joined the company from Denton Hall in 1991 as legal and business affairs manager.

In brief: New code of practice for Scottish lawyers

In Scotland, a code of practice for solicitors carrying out criminal legal assistance came into effect on 1 October. The code is designed to assure clients that there is a consistent quality of service. To obtain legal aid, solicitors must sign up to it. Currently 680 firms and 1,741 individual solicitors have done so.

Sharing out the CFA workload

Conditional fee arrangements can work – if barristers are willing to change, says senior clerk Clark Chessis. Clark Chessis is senior clerk at No 1 Serjeants’ Inn, the chambers of Edward Faulks QC. “Why should I work for nothing?” pleaded a barrister in my chambers when offered a set of conditional fee instructions 12 months […]

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