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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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Solicitor tries to put brake on property-selling bandwagon

A LEADING conveyancing lawyer and former high-ranking Law Society council member has attacked the societys policy of encouraging solicitors to sell property. Paul Marsh, who chaired the societys property and commercial services committee for three years, says solicitors are wrongly being sold the message that property selling will be their financial saviour. The Law Society, […]

SIF management should be farmed out to private sector

THE management of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) should be farmed out to the private sector, argued Law Society treasurer Robert Sayer. Sayer has told The Lawyer that private firms specialising in running mutual funds should be invited to tender for the responsibility of managing SIF. There are around half a dozen specialist mutual fund […]

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The Middleton report benefits from the authors layman status, says John Malpas. LORD IRVINE succeeded in snubbing quite a few people at the Solicitors Annual Conference in Cardiff. Lord Mackay, his predecessor as Lord Chancellor, was one of them although the episode will probably have amused rather than angered Lord Irvines fellow Scot. The civil […]

In brief: Gateley Wareing appoints club director

Midlands firm Gateley Wareing has appointed Aston Villa Football Club finance director Mark Ansell as a consultant to the firm. Ansell, who will take a non-executive role, will join Birmingham quantity surveyor Frank Graves, who took up a similar job 18 months ago. Both men will assist staff and clients in dealing with cases, and […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy was born in Tramore, Ireland in 1943. He is head of the commercial litigation department at Edward Lewis. What was your first job? Throwing out drunks from an Irish pub then attempting to get them back in again when business got slack. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u4 10s/-, […]

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