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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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The Lawyer Inquiry: Julian Knowles

Julian Knowles was born in Manchester on 26 January 1969. He is a barrister at 3 Raymond Buildings and specialises in criminal and human rights law. What was your first job? Selling duty free goods at Manchester airport for £2.34 per hour. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Being a barrister I […]

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Ireland’s independent Law Reform Commission has embarrassed Irish government and opposition politicians by calling for an end to mandatory life sentences for murderers and a complete scrapping of minimum sentences. Its recommendations, contained in a report, would mean an end to the current 40-year term for capital murder of a police officer, although they are […]

Morgan Grenfell calls in Slaughters

Slaughter and May is advising Morgan Grenfell Asset Management, which is investigating the activities of two of its fund managers suspended last week. Morgan Grenfell, part of Deutsche Bank, suspended the managers after inquiries by City regulator, the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation (IMRO). IMRO’s inquiries concern the valuation of unlisted securities in the Scandinavian market […]

Gary Moss looks at how defence can set a rapid agenda.

Gary Moss is a partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett. The recent Patents Court case of SBM v Brown Brothers and Company and Vickers (1996) was notable for two reasons. First, less than six months elapsed between the issuing of the writ and the trial. Second, in acceding to the defendants’ request for an order for […]

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