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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 […]

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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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Lords scraps PI claim time limit

The House of Lords has overturned the law on time limitations for personal injury cases, reversing a previous Lords decision that had stood for 25 years. The Lords reversed the Walkley v Precision Forging decision of 1979, meaning the Court of Appeal can now use its discretion in applying a three-year time limit on personal […]

Hextalls aids British Waterways in rates relief fight with ODPM

City commercial and insurance specialist Hextalls has won a unique High Court victory against the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), saving up to £2.9m in tax bills for client British Waterways. British Waterways, the body responsible for maintaining Britain’s 2,000km network of rivers and canals, had been ordered to pay new business rates […]

FFW lands key role on launch of equality watchdog

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has beaten public sector rival DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in a beauty parade for the role advising the Government on setting up the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. Former head of procurement in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department David Gollancz will lead the FFW team. He said: “We understand that […]

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Beleaguered plaintiffs’ firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman has found a powerful ally in the shape of the US Congress following its recent indictment for alleged referral fees. In a statement released last week and signed by four Democrat congressmen, Congress slams the actions of the US Department of Justice and calls the indictment an […]

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