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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: Law Society aims to restrict conveyancing

Conveyancing solicitors should be restricted in acting for both building societies and borrowers, the Law Society will be proposing later this month. The Law Society Council last week resolved to consult the profession on amending its regulations so that joint representation of borrower and lender will only be permitted where the instructions for the lender […]

Nicholson Graham & Jones pulls cider marketing man

City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones has recruited Andy Nash, the man credited with building Taunton Cider’s brands, such as Dry Blackthorn, as non-executive director to advise it on marketing strategy. Nash was commercial director at Taunton Cider and part of the successful launch of its premium brands in the early 1990s. When Matthew Clark […]

Litigators to form pensions lobby group

Pensions litigators are set to create a forum to lobby for specialist pensions judges and on issues such as the jurisdiction of the pensions ombudsman. The growth of high-profile pensions litigation cases, such as that of National Power and National Gridon, on which the High Court was due to rule this week, sparked pensions partners […]

Conflicting allegiances

The results of the IFF Research Poll support what the British Legal Association has been saying for nearly 33 years: one organisation cannot adequately both rule and represent its members. This is particularly the case where an unpaid collection of worthies wrestle with the problems arising out of administering the lives of more than 80,000 […]

In brief: Law Society calls for LAB boycott to stay

Solicitors should continue boycotting the Legal Aid Board’s green form block contract pilot project, even though the board has made compromises, the Law Society Council resolved last week. Derek Sands, chair of the courts and legal services committee, told the society’s council last Thursday that, in meetings the society conducted with law firms in three […]

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