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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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Swapping law for crocodiles

A trainee solicitor-cum-Crocodile Dundee adventurer has given new hope to those wanting to opt out of the law. Twenty four-year-old Abigail Wilkinson of Solihull gave up her traineeship at a Birmingham firm where she aimed to specialise in EU law, because she found it “boring”. Wilkinson then went backpacking in the Australian outback, fell overboard […]

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NO one could accuse Razi Mireskandari of name-dropping – despite the fact that he has just casually mentioned Liam, Noel, Paula and Jarvis. As the Simons Muirhead & Burton partner reels off a a few of his clients, he names a showbiz celebrity A-list. A solicitor to the stars, Mireskandari probably knows a few secrets […]

In brief: The Government

The Government has greatly increased magistrates’ powers in the Youth Court to lock up juveniles. This appears to have taken place without proper consultation. The maximum custodial term that the Youth Court will be able to impose has increased from 12 to 24 months. Paul Cavadino, director of policy for the National Association for the […]

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THE unelected former Solicitor General Charles Falconer QC has risen to become head of the Millennium Dome, amid accusations of ‘cronyism’. The downside is Falconer has to wear a hard hat and conduct site inspections. The upside is the Prime Minister’s former schoolmate and flatmate is now considered one of the most important people in […]

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