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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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Advice from DPP under the spotlight

Director of Public Prosecutions Barbara Mills QC and High Court judge John Chadwick QC could be called to provide affidavits and oral evidence to the Court of Appeal concerning their role in advising the Serious Fraud Office in the first Guinness trial. As senior members of the prosecution team, they are understood to have advised […]

Change due for small claims court

A report on small claims courts by Consumers’ Association magazine Which? has met with a cautious welcome from the Law Society. But the report’s most important recommendation, to increase the limit on the value of cases from u1,000 to u5,000, will be controversial. Suzanne Burn, secretary of the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Committee, says any […]

DEFENCE CUTS

Defence cuts have seen the army legal team cut in size but it continues to bear up well to the squeeze. Army Legal Services (ALS) now has 53 lawyers. Before Options for Change – the services’ fundamental review – swung into action, the number was 58. But the aim of the cuts is to shave […]

Care centres meet with approval

Family lawyers have welcomed the opening of nine new care and family hearing centres. Eileen Pembridge, chair of the Law Society’s family law committee, says waiting times have been growing and travelling has proved a problem in some areas. The Lord Chancellor’s Department decided to increase the number of nominated County Courts after a review […]

RITA BAKSHI

Faced with the question “Would you like to go shopping for a work outfit with a professional clothes consultant, all expenses paid?” what could any self-respecting City solicitor say but “yes”? Clothes shopping is something I rarely have time to enjoy, and rather than make costly mistakes I have tended to buy what I know […]

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