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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Society rejects funding proposal

The Law Society has spoken out against a bill proposed by left-wing Labour MPs to fund a “nationalised” legal service. MPs Austin Mitchell and Tony Benn are campaigning for a “National Legal Service” with a set of radical proposals indicating a potential Labour split over its legal policy. The proposals include a complete scrapping of […]

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The recent Which? survey on solicitors, for all its failings, has some valid points. The question of costs is one which the profession still has to come to grips with although there has been much improvement on this score since the Law Society introduced its guidelines. However, there is much room for manoeuvre and firms […]

Law Soc backs Taylor in sentence row

The Law Society has strongly supported the Lord Chief Justice’s unprecedented attack on the Home Secretary’s plans for tougher sentences for burglary and violent offences. A spokesman criticised Home Secretary Michael Howard’s move into the preserve of judicial discretion describing it as another step toward a “totalitarian State”. Roger Ede, secretary of the society’s criminal […]

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Taxation on damages awarded to Lloyd’s Names Deeny v Gooda Walker (1995). CA (Simon Brown LJ, Peter Gibson LJ and Saville LJ) 5/10/95. Summary: Whether damages awarded to Lloyd’s Names for losses to underwriting business are subject to income tax. Appeal by defendant managing agents against ruling that the £300 million damages awarded to Lloyd’s […]

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