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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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Society members lash out at 'flawed' software

Law Society Council members have called for the society’s flagship computer package for high street firms to be scrapped following the publication of an independent consultants’ report which called it “deeply flawed”. As The Lawyer predicted last week, the report by Oxford Law and Computing pulled no punches in its criticism of the High Street […]

In-house. Getting in with the in-crowd

US lawyers have a reputation for being more business-minded than their UK coun- terparts, and nowhere is this better illustrated than in the role of the in-house legal adviser. While many UK companies are only just coming around to the idea that employing internal counsel is a good way of cutting costs, for years, US […]

DPP reassures on disclosure

BARBARA Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has moved to reassure critics of the new criminal disclosure rules that they will not lead to miscarriages of justice. Mills last week told a conference organised by the British Academy of Forensic Sciences that the CPS and the police were working together to comply with the […]

Litigation Writs 17/12/96

Ideal Country Homes of London W1 is suing Margaret Routledge of Wormley, Surrey and Orkney Property Services of Chichester for damages for alleged breach of a 1989 contract. The claim arises from the purported sale on 14 March 1991 of property which was the subject of the contract at a gross undervalue and for breach […]

Waiting for casualties

Having read Teresa Gorman’s viewpoint in The Lawyer 10 December with a certain amount of curiosity, I was interested to see her refer to “the closed shop arrangement, whereby only solicitors or one of the other professionals can open the door to a barrister”. Perhaps she could consult with one of her numerous barrister colleagues […]

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