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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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Accreditation wins family lawyers' votes

Family lawyers are in favour of accreditation, according to the first count of questionnaires on the issue returned to the Law Society. A rough count of the 1,000 responses to the Family Law Committee’s consultation paper on accreditation shows that about two thirds of lawyers would support it in some form. The result is only […]

Labour's position on fast track cheers Apil

Personal injury lawyers have welcomed firm signals from the Labour Party that it will exclude personal injury litigation from Lord Woolf’s proposed fast-track system. Addressing the Society of Labour lawyers in Leicester last week, Labour’s legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng said he had serious doubts that personal injury cases and the fixed costs proposed under […]

Headhunting continues at Pinsents as Levin joins

Pinsent Curtis has commenced a headhunting drive for its London office with the recruitment of Lovell White Durrant’s assistant solicitor David Levin as a corporate partner. The announcement of the move comes just two weeks after the firm revealed that it had poached Linklaters & Paines litigation partner, Graeme Brister, to replace Paul Downing as […]

IBA shown up by 'arty' early opening

The IBA Conference opening, with guest Roman Herzog, has become the talking point of the event More than 4,000 lawyers watched an unusual mixture of shadow dancing, music and lighting effects that formed the grand opening ceremony for the 26th biennial International Bar Association Conference in Berlin. The display, performed before and after a series […]

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