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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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SFO clocks up 72 cases in one year

THE SERIOUS Fraud Office worked on a total of 72 cases during the year from 5 April 1994 to 4 April 1995, says its annual report. Thirteen trials were concluded resulting in the conviction of 16 individuals and 15 defendants were acquitted. The workload was dominated by fraud on banks, financial institutions, and on creditors […]

SCB slams City litigation tactics

CITY firms have been attacked by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB) for lodging complaints against opposing firms as a tactic to gain the upper hand in litigation battles. The censure, which forms part of the SCB’s annual report for 1994, has baffled London Solicitors Litigators Association president Michael Seymour who is unaware of the practice. […]

Practice director strikes deal with Fountain Court

John Malpas reports THE FORMER practice director of the largest UK set has agreed an out of court settlement after a dispute which he says typifies the tensions between barristers and managers. Details of the settlement between David Symonds and 5 Fountain Court are not being revealed but Symonds says he is happy with the […]

Paris Bar takes up arms over adverts

THE PARIS Bar has hit out at multi-disciplinary practice Arthur Andersen claiming a recent advertising campaign by the organisation’s French consultancy contravenes the legal profession’s regulations. In recent notices in the French press, Paris Bar president Jean-Rene Farthouat said the advertisements for Andersen Consulting, placed in the electronic and print media, had breached Bar rules […]

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