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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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Merger forms top German firm

A NEWLY-MERGED law firm has become Germany’s largest legal practice following this month’s linking of RNdler Raupach Bezzenberger and Boden Oppenhoff Rasor Raue. The new tax and corporate firm – Oppenhoff RNdler – now includes more than 90 partners and 130 additional fee-earners. It has offices in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Leipzig, and […]

Royal appointment for ex-Ferranti head

ROYAL Insurance has appointed former Ferranti lawyer Robert Dunkley to head its in-house team. Dunkley will be based in the company’s Liverpool office from where he will also oversee the Royal’s London lawyers. Former Royal legal head Graham Jones has joined Norwich Union and the insurers have recruited Allen & Overy’s Nick Gibbon on secondment […]

Free IT reviews

Andover-based IT consultants Chatsfield Technologies is offering free assessments of law firms’ IT requirements. “We are aiming to perform at least 40 free reviews in the first six months of 1995.” The consultancy has just advised on a system for the Institute of Legal Cashiers and Administrators.

Lloyd's legal chief retires before review

LLOYD’S of London’s John Mallinson is stepping down as head of the legal department after three years in the post. A major review of the section will now be undertaken by Freshfields partner Josanne Rickard who has been recruited on secondment. Rickard will oversee the newly-created legal services directorate, reporting directly to Lloyd’s chair David […]

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