The Lawyer Inquiry: John Gower-Jones

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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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In brief: Lovells litigator becomes senior partner

Andrew Walker, 51, takes the helm as senior partner of international firm Lovell White Durrant this week. The first litigator to be made senior partner of the firm, Walker is expected to be “a strong champion of the firm’s international practice, including its cross-border work”. Currently a senior partner in the practice’s commercial litigation practice, […]

Eversheds Birmingham turns its back on matrimonial work

The Birmingham office of Eversheds has closed down its matrimonial department. Two practitioners will go to Coldfield firm Benussi & Co while other members will work in other departments at the firm. Adrian Bland, deputy managing partner, said the move forms part of a three-year management plan: “We are pushing very hard on a number […]

Litigation Writs 05/03/96

High Court action has been launched against a rattle manufacturer by Mother and Baby magazine after a number of babies were injured by rattles distributed with the magazine. The writ says many of the rattles distributed broke, cutting babies and toddlers on their mouths and faces, while other babies coughed and choked on broken parts […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Duncan Lamont

Duncan Lamont was born in London on 10 June 1961. He is a media lawyer at City firm Biddle & Co. What was your first job? Sheepskin coat salesman, Oxford Street, London. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £30 per week, outdoor clerk East End Solicitors (1979). What would you have done […]

In brief: Indemnity fund appoints woman head

The board of Solicitors Indemnity Fund has appointed Elizabeth Mullins as new chief executive with effect from 1 September. Mullins joined the SIF in 1992 as head of claims handling. She has been involved with the compulsory scheme of indemnity for solicitors for the past 11 years. She commented: “I am absolutely delighted. I see […]

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