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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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LCD and PM rally to judges' defence

Downing Street and the Lord Chancellor’s Department this week hit back at criticism of the appointment of two “anti-punishment” Appeal Court judges. Conservative newspapers were critical of the appointment of Sir Henry Brooke and Sir Mark Potter to the Appeal Court. Calling the judges “anti-punishment”, the Daily Mail raised the spectre of senior members of […]

CABx to get direct access under Bar Council plan

A SCHEME to allow Citizens’ Advice Bureaux direct access to barristers was set to be given the go-ahead at a Bar Council meeting over the weekend. The plan is designed to boost access to justice at a time when the profession is coming under increasing pressure to provide better services for less money. A report, […]

Law of the land

Expert evidence is a critical part of environmental litigation and the problems of expense, delay and complexity in civil litigation, which Lord Woolf’s Access to Justice report identified, can be exacerbated in such cases. Experts can reasonably differ not only over factual information, such as how much of a contaminant is present and how it […]

Law Soc set to drop divorce Bill backing

ALL Law Society support for Lord Mackay’s troubled Family Law Bill looks likely to be withdrawn. Sources indicate that the Law Society can no longer endorse the Bill, which is already coming under sustained attack from Labour. The society complains that the measures Mackay proposes will increase the costs and prolong the length of divorce. […]

In brief: Lawyers dig into pockets for legal centre

Solicitors and barristers have donated cash to London’s Mary Ward Legal Centre so it can move to bigger premises. City firm Theodore Goddard donated £5,000 and 11 King’s Bench Walk £7,500 to fund the centre’s move from Queen Square to Boswell Street, Holborn, London. The centre will use the extra office space to recruit more […]

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