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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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ASIM day sets out investment regulations

THE Association of Investment Managers held a ‘Meet the Law Society’ day last month, attended by key society figures, to discuss investment business regulations. Among the 50 ASIM members attending, Andrew Curtis of Somerset firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke welcomed the opportunity to discuss the issues. “I come from a financial background and the society’s […]

Magill denies creating legal quandary despite attack by Westminster Tories

THE DISTRICT Auditor for Westminster Council has denied claims he has created a legal dilemma for hundreds of local authorities. John Magill, the auditor investigating the Tory council’s housing sales policy, said councillors making decisions with legal implications could trust the advice of their legal departments. Westminster Conservatives claim they only went ahead with the […]

Case dates are set

* The following jury cases are listed to be heard in the High Court Queen’s Bench Division in April: Ardmore Construction and Others v MGN L and Others (not before 10 April); Straton-James v MGN (not before 25 April); Bookbinder v Times Newspapers and Others (not before 25 April); Monson and Another v The Sunday […]

Barristers to give tribunal advice free

UNASSISTED appellants appearing before the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) will be offered free representation at preliminary hearings by specialist employment advocates. A new scheme, designed by the recently-formed Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA), answers a call for assistance from EAT president Mr Justice Mummery. ELBA has formed a panel of experienced advocates who will be […]

Woolf appoints IT expert to inquiry

MASONS partner Richard Susskind, who is visiting professor to the Centre for Law, Computers and Technology at Strathclyde University, has been appointed as IT consultant to Lord Woolf’s inquiry into the civil justice system. Susskind, who is also past chair of the Society for Computers & Law, hopes to identify ways in which Lord Woolf’s […]

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