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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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In brief: Mackay urges speedy violence remedies

At the second reading of the Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill last week, the Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay said it was essential that domestic violence remedies were obtained swiftly in emergencies. He added that the bill widened the categories of people who could apply for orders and strengthened enforcement powers held by the courts.

Litigation Writs 28/02/95

A boy whose mother died after falling from a hospital window is suing the London health authority controlling the hospital. Joolyon Gibbs, who sues through his grandmother Cherry Cummings, has issued a writ claiming damages from Rohn and Haas, of Masons Avenue, Croydon, and Camberwell Health Authority, of King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE3. […]

John Cooper questions the application of personal costs orders

John Cooper We are moving into the era, of the personal or wasted costs order. For some time, solicitors have, in certain cases, been directed by the judge to pay the costs of a case or an adjournment out of their own pockets. Most recently, this ultimate sanction has been applied to the Bar and […]

MoD cases hinge on document appeal

LAWYERS acting for pregnant women sacked from the services are eagerly awaiting the outcome of an employment appeal tribunal hearing. Hundreds of women with outstanding claims for aggravated damages could be affected by an appeal against an interlocutory judgment on discovery of Ministry of Defence (MoD) documents. Leeds Industrial Tribunal has ordered the MoD to […]

Freeman forced to submit outstanding taxation bill

INSOLVENT solicitor Michael Freeman still faces taxation for work totalling over u1 million after an appeal against the order was dismissed by a judge. Freeman, latterly of Michael Freeman & Co, is subject to a Taxing Master’s order for a final bill. He has three months to produce bills for work he did for the […]

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