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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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Case summaries

Cases pending in the Queens Bench Division: Patel v Solanki (9 February); Matthews v Metropolitan Police (16 February); Marks & Spencer v Granada (23 February); Al Fagih v HH Saudi Research & Marketing (2 March); Jarvis v Metropolitan Police (16 March); Ferguson v Silver and ors (no date); Morgan v MGN (no date fixed); Trigwell […]

Litigation Writs 3/2/98

Abbey National is suing solicitors George Plenderleath, Paul Davies, John Hobson, Paul Carr, Trever Shillabeer, Steven Griffiths, Oliver Borthwick, Michael Kelly, John James, Ian Brand, David Fryer, Dermot Carey, William Knoc, David Wilson, Thomas Thomson, Michael Bottomley and Duncan Wilcox for damages for alleged negligence and breach of contract when acting in connection with a […]

Underwriting solicitors

I was very pleased to read the article concerning Stewart Title’s announcement that solicitors will take on the underwriters role in their title insurance scheme (The Lawyer, 27 January). This may well be news for private practice conveyancing lawyers, but it should not be. For more than 100 years, title insurance has played a pivotal […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 3/2/98

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. No contempt of court in respect of match fixing trial Her Majesty’s Attorney General v (1) Sunday Newspapers (2) Thomas Anthony John Rubython (3) Anil Bhoyrul (1998) Court: DC (Pill LJ, Garland J) 20/1/9Summary: Allegations of […]

Law Soc commissions legal aid research drive

THE Law Society has commissioned a major research project into the impact the Government’s reform plans will have on law firms across the country, as part of its campaign to force a U-turn on the reforms. The research, which will be undertaken by the University of Sheffield Law Faculty’s Professor Joanna Shapland, will take the […]

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