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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 […]

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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 […]

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Romanian companies will be able to distribute dividends on a quarterly basis

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UK barrister claims two solicitors lied in affidavits

AN ENGLISH barrister who is suing US corporation Exxon in a Florida court has accused two UK City solicitors of lying in affidavits they submitted to it. Barrister Michael Ford makes the allegation – against Guy Hardaker, from Holman Fenwick & Willan, and Patrick Sherrington, at Lovell White Durrant – in a motion filed in […]

Law Soc aims to help firms boost profitability with best practice advice

An initiative aimed at helping firms to improve their profitability by using up-to-date practice management systems was launched by the Law Society last week. A 65-page booklet – Cashflow and improved financial management: A self-help guide for solicitors – is being sent out free to all firms with fewer than 10 partners (approximately 9,500 practices). […]

Combar takes the initiative

Combar is introducing marketing and education initiatives in order to dispel the ivory tower image, writes Linda Tsang. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist. The Commercial Bar Association now has over 900 members from 47 sets. Combar chairman Ian Glick QC of One Essex Court comments: “As we move into the next century, this area […]

Gas pipe claim for British Steel

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