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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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A blueprint for cementing relationships

Blue Circle head of legal Richard Henchley has realised a 10-year ambition – working alongside his key external legal adviser, he has come up with a comprehensive set of guidelines for steering the approach to legal work. The seven-page guide, produced by Henchley and his City lawyers Slaughter and May, lays down the framework in […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: James Ware

At its last session the Council of the Law Society met in camera to determine its views on the future of conveyancing. Since the public and legal press were excluded the only information we have was contained in a news-managed report in last week’s Law Society Gazette which stated that the council “had confounded expectations […]

Convicted soldier to appeal to Lords

Roger Pearson looks ahead The House of Lords is to hear an appeal by a soldier jailed for life for murder after a car passenger was killed in a shooting incident in Northern Ireland. He has now been given leave to challenge his conviction. Lee William Clegg, a private with the Parachute Regiment, was given […]

Lord Chancellor outlines reforms

The lord Chancellor has outlined the legislation needed to establish a “fast track” for defamation claims. The proposed reforms include a new defence, recommended by Lord Justice Neill’s working group, doing away with the need for a trial if the defendant is prepared to offer amends and pay damages assessed by a judge. He is […]

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