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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 […]

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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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Judge faces conspiracy allegations

Circuit judge Richard Gee has been charged with conspiracy to defraud various mortgage lenders and building societies between 1980 and 1989. Gee, 53, who was appointed in 1991 and assigned to the South Eastern circuit, was admitted as a solicitor in 1968 and worked as a senior partner with south London firm JB Wheatley & […]

Sounding out global opinion

REGARDING last week’s story “Euro Bars stand firm on MDPs”, during its spring council meeting, the International Bar Association voted to establish an ad hoc committee on multi-discipline practices. The remit of the committee was to devise from scratch a global IBA strategy regarding such practices. It is intended that the committee will report regularly […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Tony Girling

Tony Girling, 52, manages the Kent practice Girlings and is deputy vice-president of the Law Society. This month he is locked in a battle with Martin Mears for the society’s presidency. What was your first job? Farm labourer. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? I forget, but my income was £2,400 in […]

Barbara Hewson sees a battle ahead after Factortame III.

Barbara Hewson is a barrister at 12 Gray’s Inn Square. On 5 March, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in two article 177 references, Brasserie du Pecheur SA v Federal Republic of Germany (case C-46/93) and R v Secretary of State for Transport (case C-48/93, known as Factortame III). In both cases damages were […]

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