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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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Conditional fees cover for all

The scope of the revolutionary “no-win no-fee” approach to justice is set to expand with the launch of vital insurance cover. The Law Society’s own insurance scheme will be restricted to limited cases and certain lawyers when the new rules come into force in the spring. But a new product, thought to be the first […]

Council bike ban feud may lead to court

Two local authorities are at legal loggerheads over a bike ban in the centre of Cambridge. The city council is taking the unusual step of exploring the possibility of legal action against the county council. One public law expert says it is not unheard of for a local authority to consider judicial review of another, […]

LAB proposals wide of mark in cutting legal aid 'factory farm'

THE LAW Society has come up with a new plan to clamp down on greedy lawyers who “factory farm” legal aid. Officials say that the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) proposals to combat abuses of the Green Form system may miss their target. Instead, the society has come up with its own radical idea to curb […]

Trial dates set

The trial is scheduled to begin at the Old Bailey this week of Londoner Barry Mutton who is accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl, raping her and then dumping her at a motorway service station. And on 27 February the trial is due to begin, also at the Old Bailey, of Milton Wheeler who is […]

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