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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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Unions take next step over LCD tenders

The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has failed to allay trade union concerns over plans to privatise the department’s computing and administrative functions and now faces the likelihood of industrial action. The row is over the Government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) requirement to tender out all big capital investment projects to the private sector. The two […]

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Compared to buying a house, taking out a pension or entering the National Lottery, making a will ranks a poor last on the list of priorities for most people. More than half the population has not made a will and will therefore die intestate. Their property will be administered under the so-called intestacy rules which […]

Local AWB group

John Malpas reports Women barristers on the western circuit are being invited to join a branch group of the Association of Women Barristers. The new Western Regional Group of the association is being set up by barrister Helen Fields of 18 Carlton Crescent in Southampton. “The AWB organises very interesting events but it is difficult […]

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