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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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In brief: Local councils' innovative

Local councils’ innovative techniques in targeting people who put up cards for prostitutes in phone boxes has prompted the Government to consider introducing an anti-card law. Brighton & Hove Council last week became only the second local body to place an injunction on a persistent offender.

Court clerk union threat to sue Govt

THE TRADE union for court clerks is threatening to sue the Government for sexual discrimination. The threat of legal action follows the introduction on 1 January of new rules requiring court clerks to get a qualification as either a barrister or a solicitor. The Association of Magisterial Officers (AMO) – the trade union which represents […]

Property

Property partner Stephen Willson of SJ Berwin & Co acted for the British Land Company on its purchase of the long leasehold interest in 155 Bishopsgate, London, for an estimated consideration of £203m from the Prudential Global Fund. Willson was assisted by Robert Wright and tax partner Heather Corben. The Prudential Global Fund was advised […]

Legal Widow

Puzzling letter from the nursery this morning. Apparently the other children are having trouble with Deminimus’ name, and could they call him something easier, like David? Or Derek? I feel the hot breath of the Lord Chancellor on my neck, and feel sure this is just a polite way of getting the assistants off the […]

A PRIVATE law college has been given the go-ahead to double the intake for its legal practice course (LPC), prompting fears that it will increase competition for trainee jobs

A PRIVATE law college has been given the go-ahead to double the intake for its legal practice course (LPC), prompting fears that it will increase competition for trainee jobs. London college BPP Law School will offer 288 places in September after permission was given by the Law Society. The Trainee Solicitors Group is worried that […]

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