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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 […]

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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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Litigation Writs 30/6/98

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TOP 20 firm Irwin Mitchell has swallowed up niche London debt collection firm Braby & Waller. Brabys, which has 31 fee earners but only two partners, is a leading provider of debt recovery services for the building industry and professionals such as solicitors. Irwin Mitchell managing partner Howard Culley said that the move was evidence […]

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Jane Hickman, senior partner of legal aid firm Hickman & Rose, was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of posssession with intent to supply drugs following an incident at Wandsworth prison. A police spokesman said “a very small amount of what appears to be cannabis” had been found in clothes she was taking to a prisoner. […]

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Declan Black was born in Dublin in 1967. He is a Senior Associate at Mason Hayes & Curran Solicitors in Dublin. What was your first job? Ice cream factory operative. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? IR£4,800. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Had a better lifestyle. […]

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