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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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Dibbs' London insurance head quits for Elbornes

The head of Dibb Lupton Alsop’s London insurance office has left the firm. Alan Fisher, who has been with Dibbs for three years and was formerly with Davies Arnold Cooper, will join City firm Elborne Mitchell as a partner. Andrew Pincott, senior partner at Elborne Mitchell, says the firm is welcoming Fisher for his specialist […]

Troubled OSS to face massive shake-up, leaked letter reveals

THE LEGAL Services Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, is threatening to overhaul the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS), according to a letter leaked to The Lawyer. The withering attack on the OSS was sent to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith MP. Smith’s constituent John Collins last week issued a […]

Nabarros made regional agency sole adviser

NABARRO Nathanson has boosted its public sector profile by successfully securing the appointment as sole legal adviser to the South East Regional Development Agency (RDA). It is understood that Eversheds, which had previously acted for many RDAs including the South East, put in a tender for the appointment, but lost out to Nabarros. Eversheds’ commercial […]

Crime practices in eleventh-hour franchise race

TWO OF the highest-profile firms dealing in white collar crime are racing to put in applications for legal aid franchises. Without the franchises, law firms will not be allowed to bid for legal aid work under exclusive contracting to be introduced in 2000. The London offices of Burton Copeland and Kingsley Napley have yet to […]

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