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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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Judge to lead Barings action group

RETIRED appeal judge Sir Patrick Neill has agreed to lead the SJ Berwin legal team advising the Barings 9.25 per cent Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG) in its attempt to recover £100 million lost in the bank’s collapse. Sir Patrick will work with, among others, SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone who was appointed chair of […]

Norwel gets City work

Helen Sage reports Norwel gets City work Norwel Computer Services has won a major contract from City law firm Berwin Leighton which has just completed an extensive IT review. The order is for the Norwel practice management system which includes computer aided billing, client marketing and Norwel’s fee earner desktop product incorporating on-line time recording […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 08/08/95

Nature of litter; proving litter offences Westminster City Council v Riding (1995). (DEC (Stuart-Smith LJ and Butterfield J) 19/7/95). Summary: When prosecuting for litter offences it is necessary for the prosecution to prove when the litter was deposited and that this was within the time limit for prosecutions to be brought. Council appeal against the […]

Merger gives birth to Westminster firm

THE merger between London firms Radcliffes & Co and Crossman Block was confirmed last week with the launch of new practice Radcliffes Crossman Block. Lyddon Simon and Robert Vallings, formerly Radcliffes’ senior and managing partner respectively, take the same positions in the enlarged firm. The operation will boast 38 partners and 200 members of staff, […]

Firm tackles cosmetics giants

THE BEAUTY products of big-name companies have come under scrutiny from a Liverpool law firm as it attempts to reveal the extent of severe skin reactions suffered by cosmetics users. The Ross Park Partnership has called for victims of allergic reactions and other adverse effects caused by cosmetics to come forward and assist in its […]

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