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Latest Briefings

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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Case of the week

Lord of The Dance star Michael Flatley has resolved a legal battle with the producers of Riverdance who sacked him four years ago after a row about star billing on posters, by accepting a payment of u42m. The famed Irish dancer, who hails from the US, originally sued the producers of Riverdance for u80m, claiming […]

It's been a good week for…

Employment lawyers, who have hit a veritable gold rush of work if reports are to be believed. Acas, the conciliation service, has recorded a humungous 31 per cent increase in litigation between employers and employees. In the year up to 30 June, a reported 136,000 employees took action against their bosses. And this figure is […]

MMR vaccine case set to break compensation records

The lawyer acting for thousands of families who claim their children have been damaged by the measles mumps rubella vaccine says the case could become the largest-ever litigation in the UK. Clinical negligence lawyer Richard Barr, a partner at Alexander Harris, began the action against five pharmaceutical companies at a case management conference in the […]

In brief: The Legal Aid Board

The Legal Aid Board has issued a consultation paper with recommendations on what the standards should be to get a Community Legal Service Quality Mark.

State of emergency

As medical negligence payouts spiral out of control, the NHS is facing an onslaught of claims. Claire Smith examines the role of the lawyers trying to protect the NHS from the claims. Just like hamburgers and Jerry Springer, the compensation culture is crossing the pond. The £4.5m award made last week to a boy left […]

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