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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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Watson & anor v West Kent Health Authority – QBD 27 April 1998 Claimant: Daniel Watson, 8 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, who sued through his mother, suffered brain damage after oxygen starvation during birth at Pembury Hospital, Tunbridge Wells in November 1989. He suffers from spastic quadriplegia, can only stand when supported and can […]

Fourth CFA insurance policy unveiled

A NEW after-the-event legal insurance policy for conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) is due to be launched this week by two ex-employees of troubled legal insurer Brian Raincock. Last week The Lawyer revealed that Raincock’s company Litigation Protection had lost its contract with its sole underwriter, Isle of Man Assurance, eight of his legal insurance companies’ […]

Fabian Soc calls for end to OSS

Influential Blairite think tank the Fabian Society will this Wednesday publish a strongly-worded report calling for the end of self-regulation by solicitors and barristers. The report, coming amidst growing moves to scrap the Law Society’s control of complaints handling, is a devastating attack on self regulation by both professions and is sure to increase the […]

Govt must centre on the needy

Law centres must play a central role in government reforms, argues Patrick Lefevre. Patrick Lefevre is a co-ordinator at Brent Community Law Centre in North London. As I listen to lawyers arguing in defence of the current legal aid scheme, I can find almost nothing good to say about the current civil scheme. The reality […]

Too many candidates

On 19 may, The Lawyer highlighted a very real problem for would-be trainees and for those in law firms who recruit them. There are too many candidates for too few places. In a medium-sized Middlesex practice I regularly reject over 400 applications for two places. Firms in our situation have to apply some sort of […]

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