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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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'Chinese walls' ruling could help MDPs

A High Court ruling that “Chinese walls” are not enough to protect client confidentiality could “assist” the move towards multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) between law firms and accountants, according to the Law Society. Mr Justice Pumfrey made the ruling last week while granting Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei an injunction stopping his former accountants KPMG from […]

Bar faces compulsory subscriptions

Barristers who refuse to pay fees to the Bar Council will be stopped from practising under radical steps unveiled last week as part of the Bar’s response to government plans to extend rights of audience. The Bar Council is urging the Government to include legislation in the proposed Modernisation of Justice Bill to allow it […]

In brief: Dibbs designs SOAP case management system

City firm Dibb Lupton Alsop has developed a case management system designed to make the costs and intricacies of litigation obvious to the client. It is called the SOAP system, which stands for Style of Approach Initiative.

The Lawyer Inquiry: James Whiter

James Whiter was born in Stoke on Trent in 1963. He is an associate at Linnells in Oxford. What was your first job? The Official Secrets Act prevents me from discussing it. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £9,000 per annum as a trainee. What would you have done if you hadn’t […]

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