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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 Bar Council’s annual conference is being held on Saturday 9 October at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. The title this year is “Modern Bar: Strong Future”, with Lord Irvine giving the main speech. Other speakers are Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow, Director of Public Prosecutions David Calvert-Smith QC, and James Stewart, […]

Christopher Fowkes on the advancing Human Rights Act

Christopher Fowkes is a solicitor at Travers Smith Braithwaite. The Human Rights Act 1998 received royal assent last year, but implementation has been delayed to give the Government time to prepare. The act will be brought into force fully on 2 October 2000. The act will incorporate most parts of the European Convention on Human […]

Litigation Personal Injury 4/10/99

Kreibech v Department of Health sub nom in the matter of CJD litigation (1999) QBD (Morland J) 8 September 1999 Claimant: Female, widow of deceased (‘D’) who died in July 1997 at the age of 37. Incident: D suffered from stunted growth and was treated with a growth hormone extracted from the pituitary glands of […]

One tea, no sugar

Jack Straw is a man with teeth. But he’s more likely to bare them than reveal them in a grin, Fiona Callister discovers. Somewhere along the way, Jack Straw must have missed out on a New Labour training session. For this is a Government that likes to show off its collective dental work: Blair can […]

Zurich in-house demands firms commit to pro bono

Zurich Financial Services’ in-house legal team says it will demand that any firms it instructs in the future must show a commitment to pro bono work. Zurich Financial Services’ 19-strong Swindon-based legal team has become only the second in-house team to join the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG). William Flynn, head of the litigation team […]

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