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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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Finding courtship out of court

Linda Tsang says that despite hectic lifestyles and busy schedules, it is not impossible for a lawyer to find a partner. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young lawyer in possession of a desirable salary, flat and car is in need of a partner, and that does […]

Goodwill or cut, thrust and a lack of trust?

Antony Gold says conditional fees have the potential for damaging solicitor-client relationships and that CFAs could have a negative effect on the public’s perception of lawyers. Antony Gold is head of litigation at Eversheds. It is said that the Lord moves in mysterious ways and Lord Irvine is no exception. The proclamation of intent to […]

In brief: Bar Council working party to report on CLAF

The Bar Council is forming a working party, under “an eminent chairman”, to report on how a Contingency Legal Aid Fund could be structured and funded. Bankers, insurers and the Government will be invited to contribute. The Government has been unenthusiastic about public funding for a CLAF but has said it will reconsider the matter […]

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With such an abundance of talent in professional negligence, the juniors rated particularly high praise, writes Matheu Swallow. Matheu Swallow is a freelance journalist. With professional negligence covering such a broad spectrum of work, the names recommended are too numerous to mention. But certain chambers with a broad base of rated individuals stand out. In […]

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