In brief: Solicitors support Make A Will Week

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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 28/10/97

Prolonging litigation puts costs at risk Sugar v (1) Venables (2) Michael Joseph (1997) Court: CA (Simon Brown LJ, Schiemann LJ, Robert Walker LJ) 17/10/9Appearances: Michael Beloff QC and Victoria Sharp instructed by Herbert Smith for the appellant. James Price QC instructed by Clifford Chance for the respondent. Summary: A plaintiff who had prolonged litigation […]

Retail giants fight for Internet copyright

M&S and others are preparing for battle over what they see as the abuse of their brand names on the Net. Roger Pearson reports. Retail giants Marks & Spencer, Virgin Enterprises and Sainsburys, along with the Ladbroke Group, are weighing into the legal battle over cyberspace copyright. The four companies are heading for the High […]

Estonian thank you to Cheltenham firm

The new Estonian ambassador to England, Raul Malk, is to make an official visit to Gloucestershire, in recognition of the efforts a local firm has made to boost trade with the emerging Baltic state. The ambassador will visit the county on 11 and 12 February to meet existing and potential investors, who have been developed […]

Peter Cooke is head of the employment department at Theodore Goddard.

Advocate General Michael Elmer delivered his opinion to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Grant v South West Trains on 30 September. He concluded that restricting family travel benefits for rail workers to partners in heterosexual relationships amounts to discrimination under article 119 of the Treaty of Rome. Article 119 protects the right to […]

In brief: Northern Legal Office Exhibition success

Over 1,300 solicitors and IT staff from law firms visited the first Northern Legal Office Exhibition in Manchester last week. The show, sponsored by The Lawyer, will now become an annual event. There were more than 60 stands in the G-Mex hall for the two-day event.

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