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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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Leaky drums row

A South Wirral packaging company is to be accused in the High Court of supplying faulty drums to hold chemicals. In a £118,000 claim, chemical manufacturing firm Transpek Industry, of Vadodara, India, claims the drums supplied by Van Leer (UK), of Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, were claimed to be suitable for storage of the chemical […]

Mercury says enhanced software will reduce slip-ups

Mercury Computing has added new functions to its workflow management software, InControl Legal, that are designed to appeal to City and commercial practices. InControl Legal is an information management system designed to help solicitors manage their workloads and simplify quality assurance and legal aid franchise requirements. The system is compatible with most software packages and […]

Mock trial exposes dangers of expensive contamination cases

A MOCK trial organised by the Sheffield business community has highlighted the dangers posed to local authorities by the government’s planned contaminated land laws. The trial, organised by the Sheffield Green Business Club at Sheffield Magistrates Court, saw a Sheffield City Council environmental health officer serve clear-up notices on two imaginary companies. Nabarro Nathanson solicitor, […]

Another taste of Gaelic

Regarding the Tulkinghorn column in The Lawyer 30 April, I believe the Gaelic phrase for which your correspondent was searching is actually “Slan leat” meaning (literally) “[good] health [remain] with you”. Slan agus beanachd. Craig Dunford Middlesex.

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