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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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Crowning glory for Cartwrights player

A Cartwrights associate has become the first solicitor advocate to become one of the Attorney-General’s Counsel to the Crown. Peter Woodhouse, who specialises in employment and tribunal law at the Bristol-based firm, has been appointed as a Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel). The appointment has been made for three years initially and he […]

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‘The only thing this court case has proved beyond reasonable doubt is that UK libel law is a disgrace to democracy and a menace to a free press. We apologise for nothing. But we will not be appealing. Life is too short…’ So said LM editor Mick Hume after his magazine lost its case against […]

Moorhead and Dibbs score on e-lottery

Moorhead James and Dibb Lupton Alsop helped kick off what is claimed to be the world’s first internet football lottery – Premiership Lotter-e. Sports and leisure firm Moorhead James advised the Football Society of Great Britain and Alladdin Lotteries on setting up the game, which has its first draw on Thursday (16 March). Moorhead James […]

Lords weigh up VAT spat

The Law Lords are trying to decide whether to hear an appeal in an off-beat VAT battle. Sinclair Collis is seeking leave to challenge an Appeal Court ruling made in June last year that vending machines in public houses, hotels and other premises “occupy land” in the eyes of the law. The case centres on […]

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