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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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Olswang's IT director departs

Elizabeth Davidson reports Olswang IT director Stephen Dreyer has left the firm with no job to go to after more than two years at the firm. Dreyer left the firm last month after a restructuring of the firm’s IT department. The terms of his departure are the subject of a confidentiality agreement. However, The Lawyer […]

Hurt Girling complains of “pejorative' remarks

Tony Girling has accused fellow members of the Law Society’s ruling council of subjecting him to a series of “pejorative” jibes after they voted down his plan to resurrect a version of the “Buggin’s turn” system for electing the profession’s leaders of the society. Girling, the former president of the Law Society, had proposed that […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 10/3/98

Graham Edward Westbury North, 45, admitted 1977, Michael Anthony Weston, 49, admitted 1972, and Emily Claire Assunta Rebecca Macaskie, 37, admitted 1988, practising at material time as Burton Yeates Westburys, London, WC2. North and Weston struck off and Macaskie suspended from practice for 12 months. £10,156 costs ordered to be paid (of which North to […]

Marian Joseph on English go-ahead for German assigned claim. Marian Joseph is a partner with Pritchard Englefield, which acted for Land Hessen.

The recent High Court judgment in Land Hessen v Gray & Gerrish could have far-reaching consequences for insurers and for those involved in personal injury cases with a foreign element. On the trial of a preliminary issue, Mr Justice Sachs decided that the plaintiff, a German state could, in principle, recover from a tortfeasor certain […]

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