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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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Death row/ombudsmen. Alternative dispute resolution

The client puts the home buyer’s survey before her solicitor. “I had this done two years ago when I bought my current property,” she explains. “It didn’t show any serious damp problems. But I commissioned another survey which revealed serious rising damp and wet rot. The second team of surveyors said this should have been […]

Search for the comfort factor

In Newcastle, according to one observer, the legal hierarchy is set in stone. Everyone knows their place. Dickinson Dees is at the top, and everyone else follows. This may be a simplistic and superficial view; it means the initial perception is that all the other practices in Newcastle are tilting at Dickinsons. In reality, the […]

IR reveals winners of estates contracts

The Inland Revenue has awarded contracts for the provision of estate management legal services in England and Wales to law firms Pinsent Curtis and Vaudreys. The firms, which were chosen from 105 applications, will each cover four regions as part of the three-year contract running from 1 April this year. The contract relates to all […]

Morgan Bruce takes on European specialist

Cardiff firm Morgan Bruce has appointed a Professor of European Law as part of the expansion of its international law group. Rose D’Sa, head of a new European law unit at the University of Glamorgan, has joined Morgan Bruce as a European consultant. One of her first projects will be to identify new European laws […]

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