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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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Philip Leach on how an ECHR ruling will affect domestic law.

Philip Leach is legal director at Liberty. The recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of McLeod v the UK (1998) places important safeguards on police common law powers to enter a home to prevent a breach of the peace. Following their divorce, the applicant’s ex-husband, Mr McLeod, accompanied by […]

Clifford Chance leads final bid to rescue Russian debts

Clifford Chance lawyers will make a final attempt this week to strike a deal for Western banks with the Russian central bank on how businesses and institutions there will repay billions of dollars in defaulted domestic debt. The lawyers have until 17 November, when the 90-day debt moratorium imposed by the Russian government expires. If […]

Year 2000 Bills ran out of time

You recently published an article by Hammond Suddards referring to Y2k legislation (The Lawyer, 20 October). I think the article gave the impression that the two Bills introduced by David Atkinson MP might become law, perhaps early next year. That is not the case. Both Bills ran out of time. Although a third Bill on […]

Mills & Reeve swallows up beleaguered Lewington Partnership

Troubled niche healthcare firm The Lewington Partnership has been taken over by East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve. The move comes just seven months after The Lewington Partnership’s exclusion from the National Health Service Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) panel of law firms handling medical negligence claims. The merger will safeguard jobs at The Lewington Partnership’s Birmingham […]

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