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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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Tax specialist aids assets scheme

Surrey-based tax specialist Nicholas Acomb has helped launch a Scottish Amicable insurance policy designed to help parents pass on assets to children while providing for the growing need for expensive nursing home care. Acomb, partner with Guildford and Farnham-based firm Stevens & Bolton, says people are increasingly hesitant to transfer assets to children because of […]

Litigation Writs 08/11/94

Dr John Clare, of Cowley, Middlesex, is suing Patrick Hunter for aggravated damages following an alleged wrongful assault in August this year. Writ issued by Dr Clare in person. C2224 The British Coal Corporation is being sued for over u2 million for alleged breach of contract. Currall Lewis and Martin, of Handsworth, Birmingham, claim the […]

US lawyer's warning on damages

THE BAKER & McKenzie $7 million sexual harassment decision showed that the employer’s response was on trial as much as the conduct of the individual concerned, says a US firm. Baker & McKenzie hit the headlines last September when it made a record pay-out to a secretary who was sexually harassed by a former partner. […]

Mackay soothes stipe fears

THE SENSITIVE issue of working relationships between stipendiary and lay magistrates – including a possible new title for stipes – is being reviewed by the Lord Chancellor. The review is being carried out by a working party set up to consider recommendations by the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, which could lead to structural changes […]

Launch for Sifa network

Fennell Betson and Michael Kavanagh report The Solicitors for Financial Advice (Sifa) has formally launched its Sifa network for firms interested in developing financial services. “There has been considerable interest in the concept,” says Sifa’s Ian Muirhead. But he does not expect the network to start until after a meeting of the advisory firms panel […]

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