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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: Lord Hoffman to give Upjohn lecture

Lord Hoffman will address the Association of Law Teachers at this year’s annual Upjohn lecture which will be held at the Inns of Court School of Law next month. His lecture, ‘Anthropomorphic justice: the reasonable man and his friend’, will be presented at 6pm on 12 May.

Left-wing group urges shake-up of legal system

A LEADING group of left-wing lawyers is launching a campaign to revolutionise the legal system’s approach to justice. The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers says it will use Justice 2000 to fight for a fairer application of the law by analysing areas in which it affects people’s lives. It has organised a series of meetings […]

Policeman wins first email libel

A POLICEMAN has been awarded “substantial” damages in what is believed to be the first action for libel brought over material transmitted by electronic mail. PC David Eggleton reached an out-of-court settlement with the supermarket chain Asda over a description of him which was circulated between its stores. The circular went out after the crime […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Nigel Lipton

Nigel Lipton is a lecturer at the College of Law in London. Aged 34, he was born in London, and still lives there. What was your first job? Articled clerk. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u5,100. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Become self-employed – half […]

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