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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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Martineaus suffers first partner loss

An equity partner has left Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson for the first time in the firm’s history. Joanna Lawson-King is to join Pinsent Curtis as a partner on 1 January 2000. Her departure date has been set for 31 October. She joined Martineau Johnson from university nearly 20 years ago. Michael Shepherd, Martineau Johnson’s senior partner, […]

Thompsons opens two new offices in expansion drive

Thompsons is dramatically expanding its practice size and scope – three months after a radical shake-up which saw 11 equity partners leave the firm. The trade union and personal injury firm is opening offices in Teesside and Plymouth. Plans for a further office will be announced next month. The number of partners at each office […]

Government to name and shame

The Government says it will name and shame those found responsible for delays in the criminal justice system. Home Secretary Jack Straw, Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine and Attorney General John Morris QC formed a united front in presenting targets for speeding up the court process and reducing crime. They presented what is described as the […]

Partners row over US firm's liquidation

A once-leading Chicago law firm has been liquidated in the bankruptcy court – causing a row between the firm’s past and present partners on who owes what. At its height, Keck Mahin & Cate was one of the biggest practices in Chicago, with 350 lawyers nationwide. It ceased trading 18 months ago. It is understood […]

Litigation Writs 5/7/99

Model Marjan Debevere is suing hairdressing chain Toni & Guy in the High Court for more than #50,000. She accuses the hairdressers of using her photograph in advertisements without her permission. Debevere says in her claim that she modelled for the company between December 1993 and January 1995 but that she only agreed to her […]

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