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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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Morgan Bruce head quits for DJ Freeman

The head of Morgan Bruce’s London office has quit the firm to join DJ Freeman. Corporate partner Graham Barber joins DJ Freeman this week – exactly the same time as Morgan Bruce merges with Cole & Cole to create a 92-partner top 25 firm. Barber – one of two representatives on Morgan Bruce’s executive board […]

In brief: Law Society unveils legal aid roadshows

The Law Society has announced the dates for a series of regional roadshows to discuss the legal aid reforms: Birmingham (25 November), London (30 November), Bristol (1 December), Newcastle (3 December), Leeds (7 December), Manchester (8 December) and Cardiff (10 December). For more details ring 0171 242 1222 and ask for the legal aid policy […]

David Calvert-Smith:The QC who dared to be DPP

David Calvert-Smith QC is risking all to become the new Director of Public Prosecutions. John Malpas finds out whether Michael Beloff QC’s one-time fag is cut out for the toughest job in the profession. Everyone at the criminal Bar is asking the same question: What on earth prompted David Calvert-Smith QC to take on the […]

UK must cast off immigration blinkers

Philip Trott says the Home Office immigrant crack-down penalises UK business. Philip Trott is an immigration partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite. Successive UK governments have made much play of the supposed fact that many immigrant asylum seekers are really economic migrants. Therefore, government thinking dictates, applications should be refused and asylum seekers removed from […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Nicola Mumford

Nicola Mumford was born in Wegberg, Germany in 1960. Nicola is a partner in the dispute resolution group at Wragge & Co. What was your first job? Security guard at Savoy Taylors Guild. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £50 per week. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a […]

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