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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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Walsall head loses department and job

THE legal department of a district council is to be scrapped and the chief solicitor sacked as part of a controversial restructuring plan. Sheila Bull, director of legal and administration, is among eight chief officers who have been served notice by Walsall Council in the West Midlands. Legal work will subsequently be supervised by a […]

Dibbs sues Lloyd's defaulters for £3m

DIBB Lupton Broomhead litigators are issuing writs for more than £3 million against defaulting Lloyd’s Names – the biggest tranche of legal actions yet issued on behalf of Lloyd’s agents. They will also be handling the first test case against Names, due in court on 21 September. Up to 111 UK Names and 21 US […]

In brief: Pensions law too complex say lawyers

The Association of Pension Lawyers has called for reform of share disclosure law which demands disclosure of holdings above a three per cent threshold in public companies. The association warns current rules regarding the aggregating interests through occupational pension schemes are overly complicated and it has called for simpler rules to avoid trustees being subjected […]

Hereford and Worcester lifts hunt ban after warning

HEREFORD and Worcester Council has decided to lift a ban on fox hunting after its county solicitor warned that the policy could lead to a successful challenge in the courts. The warning from head of legal Roger Yates follows Somerset County Council’s failed attempt to ban the Quantock Staghounds. A committee report by Yates says […]

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