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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: Clifford Chance to pay costs to Zappia

City firm Clifford Chance has been ordered to pay costs on an indemnity basis to Zappia Middle East Construction company after a writ was issued through solicitors Zaiwalla & Co. Judge Wilcox made the order after Clifford Chance decided to withdraw an application to strike out the action,which related to a claim for damages following […]

In brief: SBA accounts reveal funds deficit

An increase in grants and a reduction in investment income have been blamed for the £46,006 net deficit recorded by the Solicitor’s Benevolent Association in its 1994 accounts. SBA president Eila Rochfort says deficits have been recorded in the past but, as the Association has put no ceiling on awards made to beneficiaries, “this must […]

San Diego boycott

Responding to opposition to affirmative action programmes from California’s governor, Pete Wilson, the organisation for black lawyers in the US has chosen not to hold its annual convention in San Diego. The National Bar Association is said to be looking at Phoenix, Las Vegas, Seattle and Portland as alternatives.

Case dates are set

*The following jury cases are listed to be heard in the High Court Queens Bench Division in April: Chohan v The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford (not before April 25); Kilduff v Stott and another (not before April 25).

In brief: Lloyd's hearings denied global moratorium

The prospect of a global moratorium on Lloyd’s action group hearings has receded. The idea was put forward by D J Freeman, which told the Commercial Court that action groups with trial dates set before the finalisation of the Lloyd’s settlement offer were effectively prevented from considering it because of the importance of retaining their […]

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