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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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Lawyer award winner joins private practice

A winner at this year’s Lawyer Awards has left his local government job to join top public law firm Sharpe Pritchard. John Harrison, deputy head of legal services at the London Borough of Southwark, will join the firm as a senior solicitor. Harrison led the borough’s team which won this year’s Deal of the Year […]

In brief: Gateley Wareing

Gateley Wareing has appointed a new head of commercial litigation from Edge Ellison. Steve Goodrham joins the firm as an associate to raise the profile of the dedicated commercial litigation unit within the litigation services group.

Case of the week

Formerly law-abiding Liverpool mother Patricia McCarthy has been jailed for a year for theft and burglary by Preston Crown Court – despite winning u450,000 compensation from doctors a month earlier for brain damage which occurred during an operation and caused criminal tendencies. McCarthy’s barrister, William Parkinson of 19 Castle Street in Liverpool claimed her Jekyll […]

Scuffle of the week

London law firm Reid Minty’s high-society client Lady Colin Campbell, the author of several books about royalty, has declared herself broke – owing Reid Minty u148,000 in fees and costs. Campbell aims to pay some of her debts at a rate of 13.68p per pound in an Insolvency Voluntary Agreement, but first has to convince […]

In brief: Paisner & Co

Paisner & Co has increased its fee earning staff by 12.5 per cent in the past three months, bringing the fee earning total to 155. The firm poached solicitors from Berrymans Lace Mawer, Berwin Leighton, Coudert Brothers, Garretts, SJ Berwin and Theodore Goddard as part of an expansion drive.

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