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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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Clinical decisions – a recent history

Heil v Rankin & Ors Court of Appeal, 23 March 2000 This was an eagerly-awaited case, as the Law Commission in Report No 257 had recommended that the level of damages for non-pecuniary loss for personal injuries (PI) should be increased where awards for the non-pecuniary loss for the injury alone would be more than […]

Deloittes replaces European legal head

Top five accountant Deloitte & Touche is shaking up its European legal provision following the departure of Jean-Bernard Thomas earlier this year. Bert Heikens, senior partner of Deloitte’s affiliated Dutch law firm AKD Prinsen van Wijmen, is to become European leader for the global legal services practice. Heikens replaces former incumbent Thomas, who has become […]

MARK WATSON

Fountain Court Chambers Watson is another to follow the traditional route from trolley pusher in 1974 to senior clerk today, but has stayed put at Fountain Court for the duration of his career. The team now totals nine clerks, but the set recently saw the departure of chambers director Ric Martin after three years in […]

CFAs threaten chambers’ case management skills

CHAMBERS are leaving themselves dangerously exposed because of their failure to keep accurate records of their commitment to conditional fee arrangements (CFAs). With legal aid for personal injury cases now replaced by CFAs, barristers face bankruptcy if they cannot effectively manage the expected boom in such cases, as setting appropriate fee rates relies on being […]

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