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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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Management shake-up at Edge Ellison

Hayward’s new role is understood to be predominantly administrative and he will remain as head of Edge Ellison’s London operation. Ramshaw’s consultancy will provide clients with management skills training such as developing market strategy, as well as practical skills such as speed reading. Ramshaw and senior partner James Retallack were the driving force behind the […]

3i

Venture capitalist 3i is known to be the type of company that gives businesses a leg up in expanding their operations. But 3i itself is acquisitive by nature. At the beginning of this year, the company purchased German-based Technologieholding GmbH for £102.6m in a bid to expand its already comprehensive coverage of the European market […]

Partner attacks Rowe & Maw's retirement policy

Top Rowe & Maw IT partner Michael Webster has attacked the firm’s retirement policy as he prepares to join Nicholson Graham & Jones. Webster, 58, says he is joining Nicholsons’ IP and IT group because Rowe & Maw would not let him continue as an equity partner after April. “Our retirement age is officially 60 […]

Lawyers must learn to master art of pricing

The issue of salaries dominated the front page of The Lawyer once again last week, reviving concerns among private practitioners about the cost of delivering legal services. But important as the perennial concerns of salaries and other law firm costs are, the real issue for firms today is learning how to estimate the value of […]

Challenge to legal aid system fails

Roger Pearson reports on the challenges facing the Government following the implementation of the legal aid allocation system. In the wake of the recent High Court rejection of a challenge to the new legal aid contract allocation system, one of the UK’s leading specialists in legally-aided mental health and community work has slammed the Government’s […]

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