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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 […]

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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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SOLICITOR Michael Freeman will have to justify his total billings of more than u800,000 for work done for a Lloyd’s Names group following a Taxing Master’s order last week. The order was granted after the Oakley Vaughan Names Association issued an originating summons for taxation of the bills in May. Freeman had opposed the application. […]

Law fails to crush cartels

YOU MIGHT be forgiven for thinking that the decision of the House of Lords two weeks ago in the second Ready Mixed Concrete Case (In re Supply of Mixed Concrete (No. 2)) heralded a startling development in competition law. Your thinking might have been influenced by the speech of Lord Templeman, who described the fines […]

Vegas to see pro bono gamble

LAWYERS in the US state of Nevada are awaiting the go-ahead from the state Supreme Court for a radical plan to establish the US’s first mandatory pro bono scheme. If successful, the scheme is likely to be copied in other states. It would be a major influence on thinking about such schemes by the UK […]

Management service meets resistance

FORMER head of legal Martyn McCarthy has set up his own consultancy following the outsourcing of the legal team at Blackhorse Financial Services. The aim is to offer quality and management advice to private practice firms as well as carrying out legal work for companies. But McCarthy says that there has been resistance from some […]

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