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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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Wilde Sapte acted for BZW and Barclays Mercantile Business Finance in project financing for an oil-fired 140 megawatt power station in Cornwall, which is being developed by Indian Queens Power, a subsidiary of Destec Energy.

Law groups unite to defeat ad threat

The UK’s law societies have joined forces with the German Federal Bar in an attempt to scupper a European Commission directive which would allow comparative advertising between law firms. The groups, which share an office in Brussels, have enlisted the support of UK MEP Philip Whitehead to table an amendment in the European Parliament to […]

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Judges are neither lenient “liberal pinkos” nor “bloodthirsty old men” handing out draconian sentences, declared Lord Bingham at his first press conference as Lord Chief Justice. The country’s most senior criminal judge, explaining his opposition to the extension of mandatory sentences as proposed by Home Secretary Michael Howard, said: “I don’t adhere to the view […]

In brief: PI specialist wins top claim for union

Bretherton Price Elgoods, the Cheltenham firm that acts for more than 5,000 members of the Transport & General Workers Union in the West Midlands region, has won its biggest-ever compensation claim for the union. The personal injury specialist firm negotiated an award of £580,000 for the claimant, a TGWU member who sought compensation from the […]

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