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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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Case of the week

Well, he finally stopped being ‘minded’ and made a decision. Jack Straw at last got rid of an 84-year-old with ‘extensive brain damage’ who had been haunting him for 16 months. Deciding that an ‘attempted trial of an accused in the condition diagnosed in Senator Pinochet could not be a fair trial in any country’, […]

Devonshires restructures management

Niche property firm Devonshires Solicitors is shaking up its management structure. The reorganisation follows the retirement of senior partner Julian Roberts. Managing partner Nigel Hardy will take over his role, while property partner Julie Bradley will become the firm’s new managing partner. At 38, Bradley will be one of the youngest female managing partners in […]

Litigation Writs 6/3/00

A Chester-le-Street company has mounted a High Court claim for nearly £8.5m following a disastrous explosion on 28 January 1997. Union Camp Chemicals, which now trades as Arizona Chemicals, is suing CRL of Waterlooville, Hampshire, and Autoflame Engineering of Bellingham, London SE6, for damages of more than £7m and £1.47m interest. In its claim Union […]

Quote of the week

“Many witnesses couldn’t have been more dissimilar. Some were tall, some short, some had beards and some were women.” – A court observer’s reaction to Judge Stephens’ comment that all the black witnesses in a murder trial “looked rather similar” and that it was hard to find any “distinguishing features”.

Leeds united against City rivals

As the hierarchy of the legal profession undergoes radical change, Abigail Townsend asks whether Leeds can remain home to regional firms with truly national ambitions. The legal market is in a state of flux and nowhere is feeling it more than the regions. Globalisation, partner moves and accountants have all shaken up the profession. But […]

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