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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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Childbirth rights

Barbara Hewson finds the UK is out of step with Europe when it comes to guaranteeing women’s rights in childbirth. Barbara Hewson is a barrister at 12 Gray’s Inn Square. A Resolution of the European Parliament passed on 8 July 1988 calls on the European Commission to draw up a charter on the rights of […]

In brief: First Law Soc stand at Welsh Eisteddfod

The Law Society has for the first time run a stand at the Welsh National Eisteddfod. The stand was officially opened at the beginning of last week’s cultural festival at Bala in North Wales by the Welsh-speaking Attorney General, John Morris QC. It was jointly staffed by the Law Society regional offices in Wales, Gwynedd […]

Lawyers grasp the Internet

LAWYERS have defied their stereotype by showing an impressive knowledge of the Internet and its potential, according to a major survey conducted by The Lawyer. The results of the nationwide survey revealed an enthusiasm in the profession for Internet technology that has surprised experts. Almost 80 per cent of the 500 lawyers questioned described the […]

Legal aid extended to cover mediation cases

LEGAL aid has been extended to cover a pilot mediation scheme, in a bid to attract more participants. Solicitors are now able to receive payment from the Legal Aid Board for attending the scheme, which runs at Central London County Court and offers mediation for money claims of more than £3,000, with no upper limit. […]

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