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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 […]

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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 […]

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SIF: still a runner – or dead in the water?

In the light of the CLLS’s recent condemnation of SIF, Shaun Pye wonders if the mutual fund stands a chance against the might of the City. In the bowels of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) HQ, staff can definitely hear the fat lady clearing her throat and preparing to sing. While last week’s call from […]

War of the words

French plans to regulate MDPs have a sparked a debate between lawyers and accountancy firms which could lead to all-out war, reports Richard Tyler. Wherever you encounter the debate, the subject of lawyers and accountants working together has always been prickly. But in France, famed for its red-blooded defence of traditional working relationships, the exchange […]

Partnership revolt forces Dibbs to drop cash call plan

Dibb Lupton Alsop is understood to have dropped a controversial plan for a cash call to boost its tax reserves after a rebellion among its 142 junior partners. Sources close to the firm said Dibbs hoped that its junior partners, referred to as “fixed share partners”, would forgo a proportion of their income to increase […]

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