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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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No5 Chambers barrister represents gypsy in fight to live on own land

No5 Chambers barrister Timothy Jones has successfully represented a gypsy in fight to live on her own land. The High Court quashed the secretary of state’s move to decide Romani gypsy Charmaine Moore’s planning appeal himself. Jones, who represented Moore at the judicial review in the High Court, said afterwards that the secretary of state’s actions […]

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Barclays’ head of litigation and investigations Jonathan Peddie to leave bank

Barclays’ managing director of litigation and investigations Jonathan Peddie is leaving his role at the end of February after nine years. Peddie was also global head of the recently formed financial crime legal team, which was formed following an overhaul of the bank’s legal function in June 2014. He became managing director of Barclays’ ligitation […]

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Freshfields, HSF and Fieldfisher to battle for UK spots on Pearson’s global legal panel

Publishing giant Pearson is set to launch its first global legal panel by the end of the first quarter of 2015, with current advisers Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), Fieldfisher and Morgan Lewis among those contending for places. The panel review follows internal reforms implemented by Pearson general counsel Bjarne Tellmann, who joined […]

Public access

Since the introduction of the Public Access Rules, it is now possible for members of the public to instruct barristers directly.   To open up the legal system to the public the Public Access Rules came into force in July 2004 prior to which members of the public would have had to use a solicitor […]

Mediation

11 Stone Buildings strongly supports all types of alternative dispute resolution and its members are all available to take part in and advise on mediations.  There are a number of members who act as mediators. Click here for more information.

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