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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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After-the-event insurer in talks with banks

AFTER-the-event insurer Litigation Protection Ltd (LPL) is talking to two high street banks to set up premium-funding loans for solicitors as part of a new package of insurance products for conditional fees. LPL intends to launch the package, Access to Justice 2000, on 1 July to coincide with the introduction of the first tranche of […]

Intranet use at peak, say consultants

LEGAL IT consultants report an “avalanche” of Intranet installations by medium-sized firms, which are attracted by the low cost and user-friendly nature of the systems. BDO Stoy Hayward IT consultant John Irving said many medium-sized firms had now advanced and stabilised their document and practice management systems and were now installing Intranet services. According to […]

BBC to spotlight immunity problem

A television programme is to claim that rules for granting Public Interest Immunity to prosecution witnesses were established during a case in which three men were wrongly convicted. Raphael Rowe, Michael Davis and Randolph Johnson were wrongly convicted of murder, robbery, grievous bodily harm and firearms offences in 1990. The case was built around information […]

New Canada Bar rule

The Law Society of Upper Canada, the country’s largest Bar association, has passed a new practice rule which obliges lawyers to advise clients undertaking conveyancing work of all the options available to them to protect their interest in property, including the availability of title insurance. The practice rule was introduced at the behest of the […]

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