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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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Dottoressa in Milano

Helen Cannings says that the informal, laid-back air of Italian lawyers belies a practicality which is more typical of the German work ethic. Helen Cannings is as a dottoressa (or paralegal) in Milan. Working in an Italian law firm is an experience to be savoured. Although only a few hours away, working in Italy takes […]

An audience with a solicitor

Philip Parish believes the hurdles that solicitor-advocates face in getting full higher court rights of audience will ultimately disappear, paving the way for better career opportunities. Philip Parish is a solicitor-advocate at Linklaters. The options open to an aspiring advocate have always been numerous, ranging from criminal or civil, specialist or general practice, in London […]

How to get ahead at the Bar

What does it take to make a glittering career at the Bar? A brilliant intellect? A wonderful courtroom presence and speaking voice? No, baby barristers, it is none of these. For those of you about to set sail in the choppy waters of the Bar, there follows the real insider’s guide to making it big […]

First steps on the ladder

Katherine Minford offers a few tips on how to get onto the first rung of the ladder by winning that all-important training contract. Katherine Minford is a recruitment consultant at Cavendish Boyle Confidential Legal Appointments in Leeds. Graduates face intense competition in securing a training contract with a law firm. Each academic year there are […]

Law Society releases guideline fees to aid uncertain solicitors

A PLAN to introduce guideline fees for solicitors doing non-contentious work has been drawn up by Robert Sayer, the deputy vice-president of the Law Society. Under the plans, details of which were circulated to members of the Law Society’s council last week, local law societies would publish a guide for clients as to how long […]

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