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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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Swiss Bank lends support to EYBA

THE SWISS Bank Corporation has been signed as the first member of the European Young Bar Association’s board of sponsors. The sponsorship agreement, completed last month, will see the SBC profiled at all EYBA activities in Europe, and featured in its publicity material, books and journals. The SBC’s financial backing follows last year’s securing by […]

Pembridge slams all-male ticket

AN ALL-male Law Society Council line up for the forthcoming presidential elections has prompted scathing “business as usual” accusations from rival candidate Eileen Pembridge. At its meeting last week the Law Society Council backed deputy vice president Henry Hodge as its candidate for the presidency following vice president John Young’s withdrawal from the race after […]

Lawyers get their just awards

LORD Woolf has been voted Legal Personality of Year by readers, in The Lawyer/ HIFAL Awards 1995. He was presented with the award at a gala function in London on Friday. National firm Eversheds was voted Law Firm of the Year and Doughty St Chambers was chosen as Barristers’ Chambers of the Year. The other […]

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John Dickey The sanctified surroundings of a deconsecrated church and rectory is an unusual location to find any law firm or lawyer, particularly a London-based litigation partner for one of the leading New York firms. John Dickey’s career has taken him from Missouri, where both his father and grandfather were trial lawyers, to Oxford as […]

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