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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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Barclays in possession appeal

The Law Lords have agreed to probe a procedural point in the case of a woman who sought to ward off a bank’s possession proceedings in respect of her home. Barclays Bank is appealing in a case in which it is seeking possession of property jointly owned by two former employees, a husband and wife. […]

In brief: Bingham speaks against mandatory life

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, has called for the abolition of mandatory life sentences for murder. Last Friday he told an audience of senior police officers at the Police Staff College that mandatory sentences should be replaced with a discretionary maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Claiming the backing of the senior judiciary, he asked […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 17/3/98

John Dewi Williams, 44, admitted 1980, and Aidan Neal Harvey, 33, admitted 1992, practising at material time in partnership as John D Williams & Co, Washington, Tyne & Wear, reprimanded and ordered jointly to pay costs of £880. Allegations substantiated they failed to comply with decision of the Compliance and Supervision Committee and had failed […]

Eye-opening fraud costs NHS millions

Both individuals and businesses are defrauding the NHS, but preventing the crime is not easy, writes Sally Calverley. Sally Calverley is a commercial and property litigation partner at Capsticks. Every year the National Health Service (NHS) loses £130m of taxpayers’ money through forged prescription forms and patients avoiding prescription charges. Money is also lost when […]

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