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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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Law Soc to ditch minimum pay in effort to up training contracts

The Law Society’s regulation board is set to scrap its minimum salary requirement in an effort to grow the number of training contract places available to students. Despite growth in the number of students taking the LPC over the past five years, the number of available training contracts has remained almost static. In 2000 there […]

Southern authorities team up to bulk-buy new panel

A consortium of 18 local authorities in the south of England has slashed its legal costs by up to a third by selecting a combined legal panel. The local authorities’ combined annual legal spend is between £1m and £2m on average, with the panel firms offering reduced rates from between £150 and £200 an hour […]

Lord Chief Justice approves extradition of hotel chiefs

Simmons & Simmons have failed to prevent the extradition of two elderly hotelliers to the US after the Lord Chief Justice rejected arguments that the US government had exploited the 2003 Extradition Treaty. In a High Court hearing yesterday (Wednesday 6 September) Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, and Mr Justice Cresswell handed down judgment […]

Freshfields instructed by Irish state on Aer Lingus flotation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped a mandate to advise the Irish government on the IPO of its flag carrier Aer Lingus. The magic circle firm won the high-profile mandate after participating in a beauty parade at the end of last year. Irish firms William Fry and Arthur Cox are acting as local counsel to the […]

Wilberforce barristers earn £550K apiece to top 2006 earnings table

A bumper year for the set’s pensions practice helped Wilberforce Chambers boost revenue per barrister (RPB) by 10 per cent last year to overtake 7 King’s Bench Walk at the top of the earnings table. The average RPB has broken through the £350,000 barrier for the first time this year despite fewer cases reaching a […]

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