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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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Miners record compensation win showcases Woolf reforms

Irwin Mitchell’s record victory for miners suffering from Vibration White Finger is believed to be the first post-litigation compensation scheme to be approved by a UK court. In an example of case management which is likely to become the norm under the Woolf reforms – the judge led negotiations after the final appeal – a […]

Eversheds Bristol merger plan collapses

Merger talks between Eversheds and Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough have collapsed. The breakdown in the talks is a blow to Eversheds’ ambitions to rival leading Bristol firms such as Osborne Clarke, Bevan Ashford and Burges Salmon. An Eversheds spokeswoman initially denied that there had been merger talks. However, Veale Wasbrough’s chairman, Derek Bellew, confirms that […]

Woolf bites back

Amid growing fears that the most radical shake-up in the legal system is heading for disaster, the reforms architect, Lord Woolf, dismisses the legal profession’s pessimism in this exclusive interview with Elizabeth Davidson, and tells lawyers to ‘put their house in order’. The Woolf reforms are due to begin on 26 April – ushering in […]

Lawyer free to practise after prison

A solicitor serving three years for firearms offences is free to practise after his release following the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal’s failure to strike him off. James McIntyre, of Linlithgow, who was jailed after being found with two .22 pistols and ammunition, is to be censured based on the findings of Scottish law officials. McIntyre […]

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