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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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Fund for societies attacked

A CHALLENGE fund set up by Chancery Lane to help local law societies pay for new initiatives has been dismissed as a “sop” by the president of one of the country’s largest societies. The Law Society has invited local societies across the country to apply for a slice of the £25,000 fund by submitting projects […]

Talks tackle 'homes for votes' implications

Helen Sage reports The licensing of sex shops and the legal implications of the Westminster ‘homes for votes’ scandals are among subjects included in the Law Society’s latest programme of courses for local government lawyers. The training unit of the local government group, which spearheaded training for local authorities on how to win CCT, has […]

Malawi opening

The British Council has opened a legal and management centre in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial capital. A council spokesman said: “In a country where one management text book can cost a month’s salary for a middle-ranking civil servant, the centre aims to provide easy access to up-to-date British materials, in order to improve the quality of […]

Property

Norton Rose acted for Merlin Land and Rydon Holdings in the £17m acquisition and pre-letting of a 95,000 square feet retail warehousing development in Reading Town Centre. Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society, which funded the deal, was represented by Cameron Markby Hewitt. Part of the site was acquired from British Rail represented by Rees & […]

Random tax audits could hit anytime

THE INLAND Revenue is set to assume sweeping powers to force lawyers to comply with the self-assessment tax regime which kicked in on 6 April. For the first time, partners and other individuals will be liable to random audits by the Revenue which, hitherto, has had to have good reasons for mounting investigations. Industry sources […]

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