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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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Bar urged to act on drink

AN ALCOHOLIC barrister is calling on the Bar Council to take action to deal with the increasing number of professionals addicted to drink. Her call is backed by a man who was forced to leave the profession through drink, and a barrister’s clerk. All three wish to remain anonymous. She says: “The Bar is very […]

SBL slams race advice leaflet

The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) has blasted the Law Society’s latest advice on avoiding racial discrimination as inadequate. It is calling on President Charles Elly to seek more punitive measures against discriminating firms. The SBL says the society’s initiative involving a mailshot to all firms does not go far enough, and only points out […]

Leeds chambers fight against 'ghetto-isation'

Andrew Burnyeat LEEDS chambers are being ghetto-ised as criminal lawyers as leading solicitors push them out of the city’s commercial scene. But the barristers are fighting back and taking commercial work from London chambers in their battle to survive. Roy Kemp, clerk at Park Court Chambers, says: “The larger firms of solicitors are cornering the […]

Bar wants to play on level fields

There are two thrusts to the bundle of recommendations from Lord Alexander’s committee on standards at the Bar. The first is the proposed complaints and compensation system to meet the needs of the public and follow the promptings of the legal ombudsman and the Royal Commission. More public tribunals will be welcome. That the Bar […]

500 join in Docklands nuisance claim

APPROXIMATELY 500 claimants have joined a multi-party action claiming against the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) for dust nuisance. The plaintiffs are claiming for problems arising from the development of the Limehouse link road. Leigh Day & Co partner Sally Moore is also representing 680 residents in a multi-million pound compensation action against Canary Wharf […]

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