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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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Elizabeth Davidson reports THE new president of the Association of District Judges (ADJ), Michael Hawthorne, has recommended the use of video cameras in court. According to Hawthorne “a small unobtrusive camera at the back of the court” is the “next logical extension” for the recording of proceedings in court, most of which are currently tape […]

Pubs face the music over noise pollution

An appeal against a noise abatement notice will question the weight given to sound-proofing in pubs, reports Roger Pearson A Gosport pub is at the centre of a pending test case over procedures to be followed by courts dealing with complaints of noise nuisance. The Court of Appeal has given Surrey Free Inns leave to […]

HK judge slams Deacons' and CC's alarming fees

A Hong Kong judge has attacked Clifford Chance, Deacons Graham & James and Price Waterhouse for the “alarming” fees they are charging creditors in the liquidation of investment bank Peregrine and for a relationship which she believes seems “too cosy”. Clifford Chance billed HK$16.9m and Hong Kong firm Deacons billed HK$21.5m in the liquidation of […]

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