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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 […]

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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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The House of Lords is deciding whether to allow a property company’s appeal over a breach of contract and negligence action it brought against accountants Cape & Dalgleish. In the High Court, in March 1997, Judge Rivlin ordered Cape & Dalgleish to pay IM Properties #500,000 damages. But in May this year the Court of […]

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Marlene Winfield says conditional fee agreements must be seen to work, and only the Lord Chancellor can inspire public confidence. Rumours abound about whether the Government will actually go ahead with plans to take legal aid away from personal injury cases. If it does, it will be on the basis that no win-no fee agreements […]

Gunned down cameraman in new battle

Roger Pearson says insurance giant Royal & Sun Alliance is set to defend itself against claims made by a man shot four times. High-profile insurance company the Royal & Sun Alliance is heading for a High Court confrontation over its refusal to meet a damages claim by a TV news cameraman who has been unable […]

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The Law Society is preparing to sweep away its Byzantine committee structure in a bid to put decision making back into the hands of its ruling council. The move is one of a series of proposals being drawn up by a reform working party, in an effort to make the society more efficient and popular. […]

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