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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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Bar Council's "back door'

With the many issues confronting the Bar – legal aid changes, increasing rights of audience for crown prosecutors and the increasing numbers of solicitor advocates, one would have thought that the Bar Council had better things to do than bother about the fact that a few barristers have requalified as solicitors but have not disbarred […]

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A NEW pilot scheme for representation in the youth courts looks set to be tagged onto the Legal Aid Board’s criminal legal aid block contracting pilot – currently in the final negotiations stage. The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, asked the Legal Aid Board (LAB) to run a youth courts pilot in November in his White […]

Judge resigns after drink-drive arrest

John Aspinall QC has resigned as a judge following his arrest for alleged drink driving after an accident near his home in Dorset. Aspinall had been a recorder on the Western Circuit for 13 years, having been appointed an assistant recorder in 1985 and a full recorder in 1990. He is due to appear before […]

Labour one year on: could do better

LABOUR’S first year in office has been frenetic to say the least. But aside from shaking up the legal community with a mixture of threats to end lawyers’ gravy train and sweeping promises to change the legal landscape, the Government has achieved surprisingly little in the legal field. True, the swift fulfilment of its commitment […]

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