Litigation Personal Injury 5/4/99

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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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Right to remain silent?

Why would a quiet man like John Dickinson choose to represent one of the child killers of James Bulger? Elizabeth Davidson sounds him out. Graysons solicitor John Dickinson takes reticence to the point of absurdity. Ask him where he worked in the past and he will refuse to tell you. He even refuses to disclose […]

City firms infected by e-mail virus

The computer virus Melissa has hit City law firms forcing at least one top practice to shut down its server. Melissa floods the computer system with unwanted e-mails which lists pornographic sites on the Internet. Baker & McKenzie had to shut down its computer network after an overload in the system due to the virus. […]

Barclays poaches Biddle's top man

Barclays has recruited City firm Biddle’s managing partner to oversee and manage the bank’s legal panels and in-house team. Desmond O’Connell quit Biddle to take up his new role last week to become Barclays’ legal team’s number two. Barclays claims O’Connell’s new position is the first of its kind. He becomes its projects and operations […]

Give reorganised CPS a chance

The profession should get behind the CPS following its shake-up, says the Attorney General, John Morris QC. Last month I announced the Government’s final response to the report by Sir Iain Glidewell on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Although much work remains to be done on implementation, this is a key moment of transition, and […]

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