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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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White & Case pulls out of Jakarta after crackdown

International firm White & Case has closed its office in Jakarta. The five-consultant office has been relocated because the Indonesian government does not allow foreign lawyers to practise, and no longer approves of the consulting office device used by a number of firms. George Crozer, a partner at the firm’s Hong Kong office, says: “A […]

Burges Salmon hires CWC's head of taxation

NIGEL Popplewell, a leading health and tax lawyer in the South West, is leaving Clarke Willmott & Clarke to head up the corporate tax team at Burges Salmon. Michael Clarke, managing partner of Clarke Willmott & Clarke, says: “We wish Nigel well, and we are recruiting elsewhere – particularly in planning – and intend to […]

In brief: Jaffe Associates

Jaffe Associates, the legal business development consultancy in North America, has opened an office in London. Four UK consultants will join the consultancy from the professional and business sector. Jay Jaffe, chairman of Jaffe Associates, says: “Our new associates have led the business development effort in a number of leading firms, including Clifford Chance, Coopers […]

Industry must explain how it assesses cases, says MP

David Kidney MP plans to summon sections of the insurance industry to explain how they will tackle insurance for conditional fee agreements (CFAs). Kidney, chairman of the legal affairs sub-committee of the Parliamentary Labour Party’s Home Affairs Committee, decided on such a move after hearing a joint Bar Council and Law Society attack on government […]

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Ward v Hutchins (1999) – QBD (Alliott J) 1 February 1999 Plaintiff: Female, married, 51 years old at date of accident; 58 years old at date of trial. Incident: The plaintiff was driving along the A281 at Cowfold, when the defendant, who was travelling in the opposite direction, swerved onto the wrong side of the […]

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