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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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Barrister slams 'mean' tariffs

BARRISTER Robert Latham has called on the Home Secretary to drop his plans for a criminal injuries tariff system and restore the old system of compensation. Speaking at last week’s annual Victim Support meeting, Latham, head of chambers at 1 Pump Court, said that the new system was “mean” and “unfair”, and had been “introduced […]

Law Society launches insurance to underpin conditional fees

LAWYERS are being warned of “expensive imitations” as the Law Society launches a package of products to underpin the radical no-win, no-fee system. The society’s conditional fees insurance scheme, described as “the key to a major new legal services package”, is one of several initiatives to help get the new system off the ground. But […]

Bar hauls up Inns over equal opportunities code

THE INNS of Court have failed to show a 100 per cent commitment to equal opportunities, according to senior Bar Council members. The council is set to pull the Inns into line with its own code of equal opportunity practice following a vote at the Bar’s AGM. Gray’s Inn, Lincoln’s Inn and Middle Temple rejected […]

Lloyd's vows to carry on pursuing Names

LLOYD’S is to continue pursuing its member Names to cover its losses, despite this month’s Court of Appeal ruling in the cases of Names Clementson and Mason. Names pressure group the Writs Response Group (WRG) saw a significant victory in the court decision that it could use the defence that Lloyd’s central fund was in […]

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