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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 […]

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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 […]

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Colleagues bid Goodman farewell

SENIOR lawyers and politicians will be among scores of people to pay tribute to Lord Goodman at a special thanksgiving service next month. The retired lawyer and government adviser, who died last week aged 81, was buried on 17 May at the Liberal Jewish Cemetery, in Willesden, north-west London. About 150 friends, clients and business […]

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OPERA lovers are applauding the performance of City firm Wilde Sapte after it succeeded in overturning a conviction for “noise nuisance” against the organiser of the Garsington Opera Festival. The victory by partner Brian Smith, lawyer Kate McDonald and QC Richard Beckett, means the much-publicised open air festival will go ahead at Oxfordshire’s Garsington Manor […]

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