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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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The House of Lords has given leave for an appeal in the case of Cockburn v Chief Adjudication Officer against refusal of an allowance in respect of laundry created by an incontinent woman. The appeal will question a Court of Appeal ruling from 26 June 1996.

Four enter LSSA fold

Four suppliers – Timeslice, Technology for Business, Solicitec Computer Systems and Axiom Business Computers – have been admitted to the Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA). The association, set up in May to promote self-regulation and professional standards among legal IT suppliers, now has 17 members. It is currently carrying out a customer survey to set […]

In brief: McKennas appoints know-how partner

McKenna & Co has created its first non-fee earning partner post with the appointment of Melissa Hardee to develop training and co-ordinate ‘know-how’ at the firm. Hardee joined McKennas from Clifford Chance in 1994 and has already been developing know-how support systems for the corporate practice. Managing partner Robert Derry-Evans said: “I expect that we […]

Judges in peril

The issue of judicial independence has been in and out of the headlines all summer as politicians and judges have wrestled over how much discretion the judiciary should have in sentencing. Of course, on the world stage, judicial independence is not always a question of such legal niceties. It is no exaggeration to say that […]

Booth & Co review sheds more light on salaries

Leeds firm Booth & Co has continued its policy of financial openness by publishing details of partners’ minimum salaries in its annual review. The 41-partner practice’s previous review broke new ground by publishing the accounts of a solicitors’ practice for the first time. But as well as detailing Booths’ 1995 to 1996 profit and loss […]

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