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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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A risk at the Bar

Lawyers bear the financial risk in personal injury cases but, unlike barristers, solicitors can withstand losses by spreading the risk, says Andrew Hannam. Andrew Hannam is a partner at Clarke Willmott & Clarke. The litigation landscape is changing constantly, bringing threats as well as opportunities to the two branches of the legal profession. Conditional fee […]

Solcare reveals the grave health of lawyers

At least 3,000 solicitors from City and large commercial practices are likely to have serious alcohol problems according to Barry Pritchard, the co-ordinator of the solicitors’ charity Solcare. Writing in The Lawyer this week, he reveals that in Solcare’s first year of operation, all but two of the 83 solicitors it helped were from high […]

A legal system fit for the 21st century

Sir Gavin Lightman shares his wide-ranging vision of a reformed and rejuvenated system of justice for the next millennium I have been concerned since I began in practice that there is a public perception of the legal profession – and in particular litigators – as a self-serving clique exploiting for its own profit the public’s […]

Jilted Wilde Sapte receives offers from Andersens' rivals

Wilde Sapte has been approached by three big six accountancy firms and three “perfectly credible law firm suitors” since its talks with Andersens failed, according to managing partner Steve Blakeley. Blakeley e-mailed all his staff last week to reassure them. He said: “Now the Andersen deal is over it might be easy for us to […]

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