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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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Hirrell v Securicor Ltd – QBD, 28 October 1996 Claimant: Frances Hirrell, Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant injured in accident in which she was motorcycle pillion passenger. Described in court as a “gre- garious, out-going” woman who had worked as a booking clerk for a motorcycle dispatch firm, her life was said to have […]

Litigation Writs 17/12/96

Ideal Country Homes of London W1 is suing Margaret Routledge of Wormley, Surrey and Orkney Property Services of Chichester for damages for alleged breach of a 1989 contract. The claim arises from the purported sale on 14 March 1991 of property which was the subject of the contract at a gross undervalue and for breach […]

Shareholders throw out bid for Greycoat

Both sides’ lawyers are claiming victory in the bitter six-week long shareholder battle over property company Greycoat. Property company Moorfield Estates last week withdrew an offer to buy its larger rival Greycoat after shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting voted to reject its bid. But in the process, Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith, has agreed […]

Lord Chancellor yields to clamour for introduction of a civil justice council

The Law Society and other practitioners’ groups are claiming victory in a bid to get the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, to form a civil justice council to implement Lord Woolf’s reforms. Mackay conceded last week in the House of Lords that he had been persuaded of the need for such a council. He confirmed that […]

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