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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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Shape up or ship out

The legal profession must shoulder most of the criticism for the problems that exist in the slow, antiquated house-buying system in Britain. Opportunities presented to the profession over the last 25 years to progress have been ignored or sidestepped. Is there a future for domestic conveyancing as a hard-core business source for the high street […]

Clifford Chance to re-tender its PR

CLIFFORD Chance is re-tendering its prestigious public relations contract in a bid to boost its international profile especially in Europe. The review may well see the firm’s current advisers Lowe Bell Financial, which took on the Clifford Chance account in 1996, dropped. The move follows a decision by the firm just before Christmas to re-assess […]

SocGen legal head boosts his team

The head of legal and compliance at SocGen Asset Management, Nicola Horlick’s new fund management company, is beefing up his legal team. Robert Guest, a former senior legal officer with investment regulator Fimbra has hired two others to his team, Sheila Redston, who has moved over from Gartmore, another fund management company; and Sara Yaffe, […]

In brief: Exodus of three from Fladgate Fielder

Fladgate Fielder is set to lose three senior members from its institutional property team to Charles Russell, following disagreements over strategy. All three, Lynn Povey, Ian Fisher and Juliusz Wodzianski, are partners. No date has yet been set for their departure.

Solicitor attacks duty rota reforms

SUSSEX criminal lawyer Alexander McCulloch has attacked as ‘monopolistic’ and ‘anti-competitive’ the recent changes to the duty solicitor scheme, which he claims prevent him from practising law in the area he chooses. The controversy surrounds ‘reverse linking’, by which a solicitor can only do police station work if he or she is eligible for work […]

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