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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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Getting rid of unnecessary disclosure will make patent litigation cheaper and faster, says Jonathan Radcliffe One of the primary accusations levelled at patent litigation in England is its expense. Judgments since the turn of the nineteenth century have blamed this on the way in which patent litigation is conducted. One of the main villains is […]

Lord Chief Justice warns Govt on judicial interference

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips has called on the Government to stay away from the selection of judges in the wake of green paper ‘The Governance of Britain’, published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). In a wide-ranging speech on judicial independence yesterday, Phillips told the Commonwealth Law Conference in Nairobi that the shake-up […]

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CFI upholds Microsoft fine

The European Union’s Court of First Instance (CFI) has backed Microsoft’s record €497m (£338m) fine from 2004 in a landmark antitrust decision that is a boon to Europe’s competition regulator. The 248-page judgment, which upheld most of the original decision by the European Commission (EC), could be a final chapter in one of Europe’s most […]

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Last week one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes was somewhat surprised to open her copy of the Watford Observer (she never misses an issue) to find Manches litigation and arbitration partner Clive Zietman plastered all over the front page. In which groundbreaking case had Zietman triumphed to justify such exposure? And why was the lawyer pictured alongside […]

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The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. Ifyou want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. •In tune with the needs of clientsFew songs come with this sort of disclaimer: “Warning: potential side effects […]

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