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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: The Lord Chancellor's Department

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has appointed Adam Courtenay Chippindall, District Judge Joan Mary Ruth Dowell, Richard Alan Flowerdew, Richard Anthony Lissack, Robert Martin James Meeke, Daniel John Pearce-Higgins, Jeremy Hugh Stuart-Smith and District Judge John Turner as recorders on the Western Circuit.

Arts group in VAT battle

A VAT battle between Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and the Commissioners for Customs and Excise is under consideration by the House of Lords. The Lords are deciding whether to grant leave for an appeal by LIPA against an Appeal Court ruling in March this year that advertising and publicity services supplied to LIPA […]

B&M will comply with Indian rules

I am writing in connection with the article which appeared in The Lawyer on 29 November (B&M plans Indian office despite limit on licenses). Although the text of the article makes it clear that Baker & McKenzie’s future intention with regard to India, when finally developed, will be to operate in full compliance with the […]

Channel Island firms offer one-stop shop

Jersey’s Bedell Cristin and Guernsey’s Babbe Le Poidevin Allez have formed an alliance to provide one-stop legal advice in the Channel Islands. The news marks the second such link-up in three months. In September The Lawyer (20 September) revealed that Jersey’s Olsen Backhurst & Dorey and Guernsey’s Ferbrache Morgan had formed an alliance with a […]

Online documents are way forward

Your story on Companies House (The Lawyer, 30 August) omits key facts about the service. Since ICC has taken ownership of the Companies House duplicate library, we have been able to implement the fastest ever turnaround times for document search orders. Fears expressed about the accuracy of online document services are also unfounded. The processes […]

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