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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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Law Society sets deadline over franchise fight with Lord Mackay

THE LAW Society plans a swift response to the Lord Chancellor’s new two-tier legal aid policy to allow firms time to apply for franchises if the society concedes defeat over the issue. A crucial decision on the Law Society’s tactics in next year’s legal aid pay round with the Lord Chancellor’s Department is likely to […]

APIL delight over awards index link

PERSONAL injury lawyers are delighted at the Government’s decision to follow Law Commission advice on making damages awards inflation-proof and encouraging structured settlements. The Lord Chancellor says he will introduce legislation implementing all the recommendations in the commission’s paper on structured settlements and interim and provisional damages “when a suitable opportunity arises”. The paper, issued […]

Meade King in Bath splits from Bristol HQ

MEADE King’s Bath branch office has de-merged with its Bristol headquarters to join forces with its neighbour Stone King & Wardle. Senior partner at the Meade King satellite office Tom Charrington describes the move as the best solution to the problem caused by a freeze on expansion at his office. Although he stresses the office […]

Study in Hong Kong

* The Hong Kong government is offering places to Chinese lawyers to study common law in Hong Kong. The courses will last one year and will be offered at one of Hong Kong’s tertiary institutions. They will include a work placement in a government department.

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