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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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Nick Newling works for the Government Legal Service, but we are not allowed to tell you which department. This is not a matter of state security, it is simply that his boss does not want his position to become known and, like any 26 year-old new recruit, Newling does not want to upset them. On […]

Verdict causes stir for broadcasters

A COURT of Appeal decision on 17 December has caused a major stir among broadcasting companies, and is still being analysed by lawyers. Denton Hall’s Simon Levine and Neville Cordell say it has stretched the scope of the 1998 Copyright Designs and Patents Act “fair dealing” defence too far. The decision relates to the Pro […]

Ireland's tribunal millionaire

If prominent Irish lawyer Eoin McGonigal kept a career scrapbook, it is unlikely that it would include the headline that made him a household name – and which prompted some cynics to refer to the Dublin Four Courts as the Four Goldmines. “Beef Tribunal’s First Millionaire,” trumpeted the headline back in 1994, spelling out in […]

Litigation Writs 22/2/99

A man who was badly hurt in an accident at the base at RAF Coningsby in June 1995 has launched High Court action against the Ministry of Defence. The writ claims that injuries received by Mark Anderson in an accident – the nature of which is not specified – were the result of negligence and […]

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A verdict from the Law Lords on whether General Augusto Pinochet has diplomatic imm-unity is expected. An earlier decision was scuttled when it was revealed that Lord Hoffman had links with Amnesty International.

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