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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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Standard Life doubles panel to meet demand

Standard Life Bank is doubling its panel to cope with its increased mortgage work.The bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance giant, has already appointed three firms to its already six- strong line-up.These include Glasgow based Anderson Fyfe, Henderson Boyd Jackson WS and Marlow firm Gordons. The bank has plans to take on another three […]

Legal aid:value for money

In the year 1997-98 the Legal Aid Board (LAB) paid out u323m to fund personal injury actions (including medical negligence). For that money it advised and assisted 75,000 individual cases.Of that, u245m was paid to non-medical negligence cases with the final bill for the public purse amounting to u37.1m – the equivalent of two Alan […]

OSS backlog set to double

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors’ (OSS) delay in allocating complaints to case workers is set to double from six months to a year unless something is done, the regulatory body warns.The revelation came the week the Government pledged to assign a watchdog to oversee the OSS, vowing to give the legal services ombudsman […]

Barrister accuses Revenue of racial discrimination

A black barrister who was overlooked for promotion was told by her boss “there are blue eyed boys and blue eyed girls, and you’re not a blue eyed girl”, a tribunal heard last week.Marlene Morgan, 36, claimed that many ethnic minority lawyers working for the Inland Revenue’s solicitor’s office were regarded as substandard.Morgan, who has […]

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“I’ve never seen a flying saucer… and I don’t profess to having been abducted, but I don’t think believing in UFOs makes one an ‘odd bod’. From what I’ve heard of what they do to you… I’d rather extract my own semen than have it done for me.” – Irving David, senior partner at David […]

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