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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 challenge to the islands

The UK offshore centres of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man need to look closely at their competitive position in the current environment. They are no longer operating in a cosy niche, serving the banking and discretionary management requirements of expatriates and retired people. Competition from other international centres, the globalisation of investment […]

Merton seeks lawyer

Helen Sage reports The London Borough of Merton is looking for a new solicitor to head its legal services department. Its previous head, Peter Large, left earlier this month after three years as senior solicitor. Neither Merton’s press office or the legal services department were prepared to comment upon his departure or to disclose where […]

In brief: Keeble Hawson

In the North East focus in The Lawyer 30 January 1996, Commercial Union should have been listed as having Sheffield firm Keeble Hawson on its panel of legal advisers.

Writs

MP Tom Pendry is suing the publishers of The Spectator for libel damages over an article, published last August, headed “The Lambeth of the North”. In addition to damages he also seeks an injunction preventing further publication of the words of which he complains. Writ issued by Davenport Lyons, London W1. P234 Conductor and orchestra […]

IBA calls for action on Latin America

LATIN America needs a recognised system of Bars to fight corruption, according to International Bar Association president Professor J Ross Harper. After a two-week visit to Latin America, Harper said that the judiciary was in need of an adequate system of selection and payment, and that lawyers and judges required better training. “In some countries […]

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