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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: SCL makes computing award

Link, the electronic legal information service from Legalease, won the Society for Computers & Law 1994 IT Award last week. The two other finalists were the Open Law Document Listing software from Oxford Law and Computing and Stafford University Law School’s training programs on evidence and advocacy. The judges were impressed by the quality and […]

Caroline May predicts the end of the foreseeability

EARLIER this year, the House of Lords’ decision in the Cambridge Water case introduced a forseeability test into claims made in nuisance and under the rule in Rylands v Fletcher. In future, courts will have to consider whether, at the date the causative action took place, the damage which subsequently occurred (maybe several years later) […]

IT BARRISTERS

The recently-published ‘Havers’ Companion to the Bar’ claims 74 barristers specialise in computer law. This compares with 266 who specialise in intellectual property law. Because cases are seldom clear cut, many of the IP barristers do computer law cases. But solicitors claim it is hard to find barristers who have a clear understanding of the […]

BR finishes legal outsourcing

THE FINAL stage of outsourcing of British Rail’s legal work has been completed, with its litigation tender being split between London firms Vizards and Kennedys. Eighteen lawyers have moved with the work – nine to each firm – leaving BR’s legal department with 14 solicitors. Staff start at Kennedys on 9 January, while Vizards has […]

In brief: Tods Murray moves under one roof

Scottish law firm Tods Murray WS is expanding by moving to adjacent offices in Edinburgh’s Queen Street. The move now brings the firm’s office space to almost 24,000 sq ft, comprising four interconnecting buildings. Charles Abram, chair of the firm’s managing board, says the move will put the entire firm under one roof.

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