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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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Board tackles 'rich' loopholes

THE LEGAL Aid Board is conducting “on the ground” research into legal aid loopholes which allow apparently wealthy people to claim public funds. The board wants to devise its own proposals, which will follow last week’s publication of the Law Society’s views on how the rules can be tightened up. The need for action was […]

LYSG holds annual international bash

The London Young Solicitors’ Group (LYSG) will hold its annual International Weekend from 30 September to 3 October. Between 75 and 100 lawyers representing groups around the world have been invited to the weekend which will consist of a series of lectures including a session organised by the European Young Lawyers’ Association. The weekend will […]

Group pushes for sports arbitration

LAWYERS are working on a model contract which could form the basis of a sports arbitration service for sponsorship disputes. The Institute of Sports Sponsorship (ISS) is putting together a framework for an arbitration system to cut down on the cost of contractual disputes. The idea is to build up an effective system of case […]

Burton's first to win sponsorship award

THE chambers of Michael Burton QC at 2 Crown Office Row has become the first set to win a Business Sponsorship Incentive Scheme award for backing a concert in the Purcell Tercentenary Festival. The money will be used to sponsor another concert in the series, which will be staged at London’s Wigmore Hall from October […]

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