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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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Morris to hire 50 civil junior counsel

Attorney General John Morris QC is advertising 50 new government civil counsel posts for the junior Bar in what he claims is a new era of “opportunity and transparency” for government appointments. Morris, fighting a sex discrimination claim over the appointment of government civil counsel, is recruiting counsel and solicitor-advocates of between two and five […]

The unsung superhero of equality

Vicki Chapman Elizabeth Davidson meets Vicki Chapman, the Clark Kent of UK law who champions LAG’s war against inequality. Look around at any conference or debate that touches on access to justice and it is a fair bet you will see Vicki Chapman among the delegates. The newly-promoted policy director at the Legal Action Group […]

SCL to debate online outlaws

ILLEGAL Internet material and online contracts are due to be discussed at the third annual conference of the Society for Computers & Law (SCL) this week, “IT Law Beyond the Millennium”. The conference, which will take place this Friday at the former National Liberal Club at 1 Whitehall Place, London, will be chaired by Richard […]

High Court help for bereaved children

The recent reassessment of Hayden v Hayden means children will be paid for loss of service when a parent dies, writes Roger Pearson. A recent High Court ruling has resulted in a revised interpretation of a 1992 decision which which is widely used as a pointer in cases involving compensation claims for children who have […]

Has Scotland's 'justice by astrology' got its dates wrong?

On 1 October The Public Defence Solicitors’ Office opened in Edinburgh. For those who are unaware of the implications, the five-year pilot scheme involves a team of six defence solicitors who are being paid an annual salary by the Scottish Legal Aid Board to deal with summary criminal cases. It has been described as justice […]

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