US task force to consider lifting blanket MDP ban

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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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In brief: Bill set to end partnership profits secrecy

KPMG has predicted that the Department of Trade and Industry’s draft Bill on limited liability partnerships (LLPs) published last week “may signal the end to secrecy for partnership profits”. KPMG partner Sue Chisman said demand for LLPs would build up “among clients, recruits and suppliers”. Once the momentum started, she said there would be considerable […]

MDP illegality probe by Canadian lawyers

A working committee of top Canadian lawyers is examining whether the current ban on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) in Canada is illegal. It is also drawing up a model of how MDPs should be regulated if the ban is lifted. The committee, formed by last month’s mid-winter conference of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, […]

Lenders are free to instruct

Brian Marson (The Lawyer, 3 February) suggests that the Law Society seeks to control the instructions which lenders give to their solicitors, Not so. Lenders are as free as any client to intrust solicitors on the terms they wish. But that freedom can exist only when there is no risk of conflict with another client. […]

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