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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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Clifford Chance set to fight £130m negligence claim

Clifford Chance is facing a £130m negligence claim after being joined to a suit brought by JP Morgan against German transport provider BVG. The magic circle firm has turned to Clyde & Co partner Richard Harrison and Essex Court’s David Foxton QC to defend the claim in the High Court. The case will be heard […]

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Welcome back to the start of the New Year proper and The Lawyer’s first print edition of 2014. And welcome also to what looks set to be yet another corking 12 months for litigators. You might recall that at the tail end of 2013 The Lawyer’s Global Litigation Top 50 report highlighted the spectacular growth in […]

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Opening European football’s winter transfer window on New Year’s Day triggers a strong gust of realism to remind fans of what the sport is about – money, and lots of it, in the players’ pockets. UEFA – the game’s governing body in Europe – is attempting to teach its member clubs good housekeeping by enforcing […]

Legal aid cuts are ‘taking the profession back to Dickensian times’, says No5 Chambers

No5 Chambers practice director Tony McDaid has commented following the proposed changes to legal aid and the resulting protest by nearly 100 barristers outside Birmingham Crown Court. The government plans to cut £220m from the legal aid annual budget by 2018–19, which barristers believe will destroy the criminal justice legal system. McDaid said: ‘What they […]

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