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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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Three Fountain Court dissolves

While many chambers celebrated upturns in revenue and new silks for the first time in three years, collapsed Birmingham common law set Three Fountain Court had an altogether more turbulent month. As reported by The Lawyer (17 July), the dissolving set is facing an unfair dismissal claim from its former senior clerk Jonathan Maskew. Maskew […]

Howard Kennedy in planning coup with English Heritage raid

West End firm Howard Kennedy is launching a dedicated planning department with the appointment of English Heritage’s legal chief. English Heritage director of legal Nigel Hewitson is expected to join Howard Kennedy in early September. His appointment follows a two-year hunt for a planning partner. Hewitson joined the non-governmental organisation in the summer of 2001 […]

A man’s best friend

Congratulations to Peter Crisp. The BPP Law School chief executive plans to marry his partner of 20 years, Jeremy Crouch, at Camden Town Hall next month in a civil partnership ceremony. Crouch, a tax accountant, romantically informed Crisp that “there are very sound tax reasons for doing it”. But what’s this? Apparently the couple are […]

The work-life quiz simon ricketts

What was your first-ever job?Door-to-door salesman selling loft insulation. What was your first-ever job? Door-to-door salesman selling loft insulation. What was your worst experience as a trainee?As a pupil barrister, getting on the wrong train for a planning inquiry and failing to get back in time by other means. It was pre-mobile phones, so there […]

Bryan Cave breaks off from Squire Sanders merger talks

The proposed merger between Bryan Cave and Squire Sanders & Dempsey has collapsed after the two firms failed to reach agreement over the structure of the tie-up. Partners were informed of the news last night (31 July) after more than six months of discussions between the firms. The Lawyer understands that one of the reasons […]

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