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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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Insolvency practitioners back voluntary debt arrangements>

Insolvency practitioners are calling on the Government to introduce a moratorium on unsecured creditor action against insolvent companies, following a survey which showed that voluntary arrangements were more successful than ever last year at rescuing businesses. Allen & Overy partner Gordon Stewart is chair of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency, which conducted the survey. […]

Lawyers using information technology are giving away secrets, says offices report

Lawyers are in danger of letting secrets slip when using communal office equipment, according to a recent survey. The survey of 100 lawyers, carried out by office equipment suppliers Gestetner, revealed that lawyers used fax machines enthusiastically but not always to best effect. One lawyer faxed a confidential document to a newspaper, but another went […]

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Know-How and Information Provision in Legal Firms is reported to be the first study on the development of know-how systems in UK legal firms and its impact on the operation of in-house information services. Know-how, which is defined as a record of the combination of personal knowledge and related work experience of individuals, is increasingly […]

Scottish survey praises Scots but work still leaks to London

Scottish law firms are offering a high quality service in general corporate and commercial work, but are losing business to London in international and intellectual property law, according to a recent survey of legal clients. A survey of 401 industrial and commercial clients, commissioned by the Law Society of Scotland and Scottish Financial Enterprise, has […]

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