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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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In brief: Call for firmer control of Children Act cases

Members of the Lord Chancellor’s Department Children Act Committee have called for firmer judicial control and case management for Children Act cases. The committee’s annual report emphasises the need for close liaison and communication between all those involved in Children Act cases. It also gives guidance on the duties of expert witnesses and on video […]

Councillors clash over harassment allegations

A LAW Society council member who described the handling of harassment allegations against former vice-president John Young as “deplorable” has been forced to make a climbdown. Former president Mark Sheldon secured the retraction from his council colleague John Franks during a debate last Thursday on the measures needed to stamp out harassment in the profession. […]

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City firm Stephenson Harwood has posted solicitor Peter Mills to its Hong Kong office, Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Mills, a shipping specialist, is experienced in collision, salvage and admiralty litigation. He joined the firm from City firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. He practised in London for 10 years before being admitted as a solicitor in […]

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A damages bill of £65 million and a final High Court judgment debt of £105 million; it happened to Binder Hamlyn and, warns Mark Chapman, it could happen to you On 6 December last year, the High Court awarded damages of £65 million to security systems company ADT as a result of its claim against […]

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