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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 […]

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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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Mills & Reeve, Taylor Wessing lawyers most philanthropic

Lawyers at Mills & Reeve are the most generous when it comes to supporting good causes but those at Hill Dickinson are least willing to donate. Lawyers at Mills & Reeve and Taylor Wessing are the most generous when it comes to supporting good causes, but those at Hill Dickinson are least willing to donate […]

Kennedys returns to DLA for fresh pickings

Kennedys returns to DLA for fresh pickings” />DLA Piper’s Birmingham office has been hit by a ­second recruitment assault from insurance heavyweight Kennedys. DLA Piper’s professional indemnity (PI) head Eamon Mooney will lead Kennedys’ PI team in Birmingham and will be joined by partners Robert Welfare, Khalid Mahmood and two legal directors. It comes just […]

Bar Council chair hits out at Govt’s in-house push

Incoming Bar Council chair Desmond Browne QC has said that the Government’s plan to increase in-house advocacy will have a ­detrimental effect on the self-employed bar. Browne, who is joint head of chambers at 5 Raymond Buildings, told The Lawyer that Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer could create a diversity problem at the referral […]

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Firms give out New York holiday as Xmas present

Manchester firms JS Miller and Geoffrey Miller Solicitors have defied the credit crunch and taken all staff on holiday to New York for a Christmas party. The move bucks the trend of law firms cancelling Christmas parties in response to the economic downturn. Jeanette Miller, senior partner of both firms, said: “I promised this trip […]

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