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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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Nicholas Underhill ponders the effect of the latest Tupe ruling.

Nicholas Underhill QC is a member of Fountain Court Chambers. Employment practitioners have been treated over the past few years to a series of supposed landmark decisions on the meaning of the Acquired Rights Directive and the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (Tupe). Some of the landmarks have, in retrospect, been distinctly obscure. Does last week’s […]

Robot helps tackle the caseload

The legal software house, Solicitec, is introducing a “robot” to its office case management system for law firms. The company says its Solcase Robot adds increased automation to existing workflow procedures. The concept, which aims to save time by means of built-in actions, already exists in other professions, such as banking. Managing director Neil Ewin […]

Of course, they didn't do it, you know

Whenever I am in danger of getting carried away by the euphoria that surrounds the release of innocent people, I turn either to the leader column of The Sun or the correspondence columns of The Daily Telegraph. Not that I have any objection to being denounced in The Sun. True, it does generate a certain […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 25/03/97

Eric Ashley Bell, 47, admitted 1988, practising at material times with Graham and Bell Partnership and then as a sole practitioner as Eric A Bell & Co, Bedlington, fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,500 costs. Allegations substantiated that he delayed or alternatively failed to act with reasonable expedition in affairs of clients; failed or […]

In brief: LAB's representatives threat is thwarted

A north London firm, Hickman Rose, has succeeded in its action to stop the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) plan to suspend the use of non-solicitor representatives on the City of London duty solicitor scheme. The practice had applied in June 1996 for a judicial review of a decision by the London regional duty solicitor’s committee […]

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