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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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Bar gears up for Labour govt

Richard Clayton reports Barristers are planning to set an urgent agenda for criminal justice reform at this month’s annual Bar conference in anticipation of next year’s general election. The conference, on 28 September, features the most substantial criminal programme for some years and boasts the Shadow Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, as its […]

Firm scores a conversion

London firm Harbottle & Lewis was involved in a ground-breaking deal when it advised Chris Wright, chair of record company Chrysalis, on his acquisition of Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club and Wasps, the rugby union club based in Sudbury. The transaction involved the formation of a new company, Loftus Road plc, to hold shares in […]

In brief: Apil appoints consumer group head

Catherine Leech, personal injury partner at Manchester firm Pannone & Partners, has been elected secretary of the product liability/consumer affairs special interest group of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. The group concentrates on claims over defective products and how the public fares against the manufacturers in these cases. She said: “The knowledge that people […]

Staff take action over lay-offs at London magistrates court

The first industrial action at a magistrates court since 1987 is being taken by support staff in north London. Employees at Haringey Magistrates Court are refusing to work overtime after four of their colleagues were made redundant. Ushers, administrative staff and clerks are also taking a full hour for lunch as part of their campaign […]

Rugby tackle lawyer sent to face tribunal

London solicitor Allen Chubb, who hit the headlines in March this year when he was convicted of assaulting a woman at his Belgravia offices, is to face a hearing by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The Solicitors Complaints Bureau is referring the case to the tribunal, whose powers range from a reprimand to striking someone off […]

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