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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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Holland rejects aid stance

Tony Holland, a member of the Lord Chancellor’s fundamental review team, is “stunned” by reports that his proposal for legal aid fund-holders is being used to cut the annual budget. It has been claimed that Lord Mackay is negotiating with Jonathan Aitken, the chief secretary to the Treasury, over ways to slash the legal aid […]

Legal-aid changes problematic

Doing away with the demand-led legal aid system would be riven with practical problems, according to Law Society President Charles Elly in a speech. He warned that the need for legal advice did not fit a predictable pattern, as concern grows that the Lord Chancellor’s imminent green paper on legal aid might seek to cap […]

Gouldens nets record rate in County Court appeal taxation

CITY firm Gouldens has scored a major taxation appeal victory, securing what is believed to be the highest level of hourly rate awarded for legal work in any County Court. The firm recovered a rate of u217 per hour, including uplift, after an appeal hearing in the Central London County Court for litigation conducted by […]

Financing

Badgerline Group was advised by Burges Salmon in connection with the replacement of its existing debt and guaranteed loan note facilities by a new composite u25.7m facility from Hill Samuel Bank

Tench takes Lovells into lobby work

FORMER Consumers’ Association director of legal affairs, David Tench, is leading the lobbying revolution at City firm Lovell White & Durrant. Lovells partner Michael Hutchings, who specialises in competition regulation, recruited Tench at the end of October in preparation for the firm’s launch of its political lobbying service last week. Hutchings had experienced lobbying first-hand […]

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