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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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Living for the city

Everyone else may be losing their heads but corporate finance lawyers are certainly keeping theirs. This year has been a difficult one for the merchant banking community. Barings teetered on the verge of collapse this spring and was rescued at the last minute in a hasty takeover by the Dutch bank ING. Other enduring names […]

Government figures show snapshot of crime in UK

ONLY 3 per cent of criminal offences committed lead to an offender being convicted or cautioned, says a report on the criminal justice system in England and Wales. However, variations occur between offences. The report says 14 per cent of woundings result in a caution or conviction compared to 1.6 per cent of vandalism cases. […]

Give cash to proposal

It is good to see that the Judicial Studies Board is planning improvements to judicial training following Lord Woolf’s proposals for judicial case management. With judges taking a centre stage role in these proposals, it is essential that they are up to the task in hand. With little training currently available, this area needs to […]

Quality counts…

Quality accreditation generates a mixed response from the profession. Some lawyers are extremely enthusiastic about the concept, citing their latest system for quality. Others yawn, regarding it as a money-spinner for the consultants. However, as the Legal Aid Practitioners Group has rightly pointed out, a quality agenda has developed. It says the profession was “too […]

Pending QBD actions

Pending jury actions in the High Court Queen’s Bench Division include: Nixon v Channel 4 Television Corp & ors (not before 18 December 1995); Mackenzie v Business Magazine (UK) and ors (not before 11 January 1996).

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