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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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Absence of discretionary powers cause of CSA hiatus

THE GOVERNMENT’S failure to provide the Child Support Agency with the power to use discretion in making maintenance orders is seen by the legal profession as a “lacuna” in the legislation, a former High Court judge said. Speaking at last week’s fringe meeting of the Liberal Democrat Lawyers’ Association, Dame Margaret Booth said the objectives […]

Property

Goodwill Nominees, advised by Simmons & Simmons, has bought for u39.7m one of the Stockley Park buildings from the Stockley Park Consortium, advised by Herbert Smith.

Labour suggests levy to support legal assistance

SOLICITORS could be asked to make compulsory payments to support pro-bono legal services if proposals to be put forward in a Labour Party consultation document later this year are approved. Speaking at the recent Law Centres Federation annual conference, Labour’s legal affairs spokesman, barrister Paul Boateng, said the party would be committed to a radical […]

Pearl gains circuit judge appointment

Professor David Stephen Pearl is to be appointed as a circuit judge on the South Eastern Circuit. He is also to become an immigration adjudicator and chief adjudicator and has been designated as a special adjudicator. Pearl, who is 50, has been professor of law and dean of the school of law at the University […]

Advocacy rates fuel fees row

Angry barristers’ reports of solicitor-advocates grossing up to twice as much as them in legal aid fees for the same advocacy work in the Crown Court, has spurred the Bar Council to seek urgent changes to the fee rates. The Bar is concerned that solicitors’ hourly legal aid rates for minor court work, established before […]

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