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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 […]

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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 […]

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Ashurst mid-year turnover up 7.5 per cent

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Hitachi Data Systems dials up new Emea GC

Technology company Hitachi Data Systems has hired its new general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea) from telecoms company Cable & Wireless. Don Hughes, who was formerly deputy head of legal for the Europe, Asia and US businesses of Cable & Wireless, will be responsible for managing Hitachi’s international legal team from […]

Legal Services Commission cuts 600 jobs

The Legal Services Commission (LSC), which runs the legal aid scheme, is to axe 600 jobs over the next three years. The commission said the job cuts, which will see LSC’s headcount reduce from 1,700 to 1,100 by 2011, is part of its bid to reshape its business support directorate. As part of the initiative, […]

UK mediators help clear Indian backlog

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