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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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Watson Farley buys multi-platform scanner

LONDON practice Watson Farley & Williams has become the first firm in the UK to buy a US-designed scanning system that allows lawyers to send documents to clients – regardless of what computer platform they use. According to the promoter, document management supplier IGL, one top 10 firm is currently test-driving the system, which uses […]

IBA resolution votes

At the IBA’s Vienna meeting its council voted on two resolutions. The first was to lobby the World Trade Organisation and the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OECD) to look at the legal profession as a unique case in plans for global regulation. The second was to acknowledge the rights of lawyers to establish in […]

Jacksons Nets North East legal hotline

Elizabeth Davidson reports TEESIDE firm Jacksons – whose attempted merger with Liverpool’s Weightmans and London firm Kennedys fell through last month – is co-ordinating an Internet legal hotline for 12 North East firms. Jacksons is currently in the process of an IT overhaul which has cost the firm more than £600,000 – and which also […]

Playing the devil's advocate on CPE

Mr Justice Lightman’s speech to the Chancery Bar Association earlier this month has certainly stirred up something of a hornet’s nest. His comments on the education of young barristers in particular have provoked fury among those many lawyers who have trained via the Common Professional Examination route. Judge Lightman asks how such an education could […]

HK finds a PI solution

Much can be learned from Hong Kong’s PI litigation system, writes Neville Sarony. Those ignorant and arrogant enough to characterise Hong Kong as a mere far eastern municipality would do well to ponder Hong Kong’s remarkable role as a dynamically innovative jurisdiction. The same dynamics that attracted judges of the calibre of David Hunter, Michael […]

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