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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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Intrepid solicitor Jenny Harris raised £3,000 for a South African school after this hair raising tandem parachute jump over Salisbury Plain. The money will go towards a project to provide a new community hall at Rorke’s Drift Shiyane Secondary School in South Africa. Confirming that she has no fear of heights, Harris, a family law […]

At death row's door

For American prisoners the wait for execution can be a long one – 16 years is not unusual – and this delay has attracted the interest of British barristers opposed to capital punishment. Privy Council barristers who have defended prisoners sentenced to death in the Caribbean feel they have gained invaluable experience which can be […]

A meeting of minds

When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.” This advice to the aspiring advocate, said to be current among Tennessee attornies, is probably not the sort of advice English barristers go to the American Bar Association […]

Manchester Bar school proposed

Concern at Manchester’s failure to win the right to run a Bar training course has prompted one London college to consider opening a branch training centre there. Manchester, which supports the second largest Bar in the country, was conspicuous by its absence from the list of regional cities which will host training courses when the […]

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