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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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Just how liberal is the head of the judiciary?

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham has been in the post for three years now. The judges under his wing have seen a welter of policy initiatives from both the Tory and new Labour governments – all of which will undoubtedly affect the way justice works in the next millennium. So how does he feel […]

In brief: Non-lawyer joins Nabarros partnership board

Nabarro Nathanson has appointed non-lawyer James Arnold-Baker as a non-executive director on the partnership board. Arnold-Baker is a former chief executive of Oxford University Press and BBC Enterprises.

Safeway sued over stray grape

A stray grape on a supermarket floor will dominate a pending High Court damages action. Safeway Stores is being sued by Esla Cathline of Highbury, London, who says she was injured while shopping at the Safeway store on Holloway Road in October 1995, after slipping on the grape. Cathline is represented by Tottenham’s Purcell Brown […]

Counting the cost of negligence

Medical negligence victims can now expect record payments. But, Anne McGrath asks, will lawyers face a backlash and can more sensible settlements be established? Last month’s record pay out of over #3m to cerebral palsy sufferer Sam Mansell signals a new era in personal injury law. Mansell, a young boy who developed cerebral palsy as […]

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