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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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Give solicitors equal rights of audience

The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 set out a statutory objective of making new or better ways of providing advocacy and litigation services and offering a wider choice of people to provide them. To achieve this, an “authorised body” – the Law Society is the only authorised body for solicitors – has the power […]

EC takeover directive meets opposition

The latest EC proposal for a framework directive on takeovers consists of a set of principles and requirements which member states will be expected to implement according to their national practices. In the UK, takeover regulation is governed by the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, a non-statutory body which issues and administers the City code, […]

In brief: UK-Canada swap by Stikeman Elliott

Stuart Cobbett is moving from Canadian barristers and solicitors Stikeman Elliott’s Montreal headquarters to head the firm’s City-based operation from 1 September. Cobbett takes over from Calin Rovinescu who returns to Canada to become the firm’s managing partner. Cobbett said there would be no dramatic changes at the London office.

Brief

Probably the most senior barrister still practising in this country celebrated his 90th birthday last week. John Platts-Mills QC, called to the Bar in 1932, and now a tenant of Cloisters Chambers, defended his latest clients earlier this year. All eight defendants were acquitted. A veteran of the Great Train Robbery appeal in 1964-5, and […]

Liverpool firm stands by its man

A LIVERPOOL firm is standing by a paralegal who was filmed playing in the same football team as a personal injury client who had just won damages after claiming he had been seriously injured tripping on a pavement. Howard Jackson & Co, which sponsors the team, said it believed its welfare adviser Steve Barton’s assertion […]

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