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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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Battle of the sects

The truth about the rise of the national firm can now be revealed. Forget your FTSE 100 and say “pooh” to profits (who needs them when you have spiritual enlightenment?). The reality of the ever-growing juggernauts of law is that they are religious sects led by zen-like gurus. Nigel Knowles showed the way. DLA’s ‘leader’, […]

Government proposes £100m RCJ modernisation programme

The Government is embarking on a controversial £100m scheme to modernise and restructure the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) using a private finance initiative (PFI) and heightened court fees, with no new public money earmarked for the project. The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) plans to move the Commercial Court, the Admiralty Court and possibly […]

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New criminal offence of ‘phoning while driving’

A ban on the use of mobile phones in cars was announced last week, with fines of up to £1,000 for those that disobey the rules. The Department of Transport published regulations (The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No.4)) that make it a criminal offence to use a hand-held mobile phone at any time […]

Discrimination policies get short shrift from employers

Survey shows only 22 per cent of companies prepared for forthcoming age discrimination legislation Just 22 per cent of employers have introduced new age discrimination policies, despite the fact that employees will be able to bring claims from December this year, a survey by Pinsents has revealed. The Equality & Diversity Survey, based on responses from 331 companies, […]

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