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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 […]

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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 […]

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Romanian companies will be able to distribute dividends on a quarterly basis

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The perfect title

The US practice of title insurance has long been a threat to conveyancing practices in the UK, but it could also offer new opportunites, writes Mervyn Rundle. Mervyn Rundle is a founding partner of Rundle Walker. Last year he went to the US to investigate title insurance. Title insurance has long been an unwanted visitor […]

Lords to hear sentence appeal

The House of Lords have agreed to hear an appeal in the case of France Louis Francois. Francois is seeking parole from a prison sentence. The case raises the question of aggregation of consecutive sentences imposed by different courts on different dates to be aggregated for the purpose of calculating the prisoner’s non-parole release date […]

In brief: Report pushes for abolition of QC title

A new report by the Adam Smith Institute, published on 2 February, calls for the abolition of Queen’s Counsel to ensure a free market in advocacy. The report was written by Peter Reeves, a former Oxford solicitor, and argues that the selection of silks is an arbitrary process which enables those chosen to that position […]

Transformation is the only option….

The recent survey by BDO Stoy Hayward into property selling by solicitors makes interesting reading. It tells us two important things: First, that if you are a conveyancer the ‘do nothing’ option should be avoided. Conveyancing as a stand-alone discipline is unlikely to thrive in the new millennium. Secondly and I believe more importantly it […]

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