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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 […]

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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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In brief: Auditor general airs doubts on legal aid

The comptroller and auditor general Sir John Bourn has qualified his opinion on the Lord Chancellor’s Department account for criminal legal aid for the fifth year running. The National Audit Office said although there had been large improvements, in 1995-96 there were still wide variations in performance between individual magistrates’ courts which grant criminal legal […]

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Alison Laferla reports Legal customers are not as dissatisfied with their IT suppliers as previous reports have suggested, according to the Legal Software Suppliers Association chairman John Wilde. A customer satisfaction survey conducted recently by the LSSA has revealed that most of the 426 respondents were happy with the overall service they received from their […]

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M Old Square Chambers has organised a series of seminars for local government solicitors to assist them in enforcement actions and prosecutions under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and associated regulations. The seminars, being held in London on 13 May and in Birmingham on 22 May, will be conducted by product liability law specialist and […]

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