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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 21/05/96

Bank’s claim against a local authority over rate swaps Kleinwort Benson v Birmingham City Council (1996). CA (Evans LJ, Saville LJ and Morritt LJ) 9/5/96. Summary: Bank’s claim to recover money lent to a local authority for ultra vires rate swap transactions upheld on the local authority’s appeal. Birmingham City Council’s appeal against the judgment […]

Group supports UK-Israel business links

A new British Israel Law Association is being set up in London with the support of 70 lawyers who attended a meeting at the Law Society last week. Berwin Leighton corporate finance partner Neville Eisenberg suggested the association because of increased business contact between the UK and Israel over the past two years. “I’ve had […]

New man takes helm at Frere Cholmeley

City firm Frere Cholmeley Bischoff has appointed Alan Jenkins,43, as managing partner. Jenkins will succeed Steven Sugar in the autumn. Jenkins joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1975 and became a partner in 1983. He specialises in international commercial litigation, fraud, professional negligence and insurance. He has been involved in the Guinness, Maxwell […]

Chambers pioneers direct access first

John Malpas reports A YORK set of chambers is at the centre of a pioneering direct access arrangement with its local probation service. Under the recently-forged agreement, barristers at York Chambers will take instructions directly from probation officers for breach of probation order hearings heard at York Crown Court. The arrangement has been approved by […]

Experts? Just ask the family

Lord Woolf made a number of recommendations about expert witnesses in his Access to Justice report. But family judges and lawyers have already anticipated some of them and in many cases his proposals simply give the seal of approval to judicial guidelines and good practice in children and ancillary relief cases. Woolf noted that experts […]

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