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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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In brief: Heaps is sole Brit invited to US conference

John Heaps, head of commercial litigation in Evershed’s Leeds office, was the only British lawyer invited to speak at a US conference in Washington DC last week. At the event, entitled “Civil Justice and the Litigation Process”, Heaps explained aspects of the British legal system, highlighting reforms in the wake of the Woolf Report, particularly […]

Council clashes with local firm

Liverpool City Council has accused a local firm of conniving with a landlord in a bid to maximise housing benefit claims. The council has reported D P Hardy & Co to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors and the Legal Aid Board, following an aborted judicial review action handled by the firm. It alleges […]

Doctor in the dock

A Somerset woman who claims she suffered a stroke as a result of taking the contraceptive pill, is suing her GP. Philippa Brand will seek a High Court damages from Dr James Buckle of South Petherton, Somerset. She claims she should not have been prescribed the pill because she was 38, overweight, a heavy smoker […]

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A hard head and a warm heart

What law practitioners are looking for in a family or matrimonial law barrister is the ability to really cut through to the issue as well as the ability to communicate with the clients. They should be able to create a feeling of confidence and come up with a solution without necessarily having to rely on […]

The most fun a silk can have

An aptitude for Latin at school is what led Elizabeth Lawson into law. It was the only subject she was good at, and her teacher had said that the only profession it was really any use for is law. Lawson adds: “That is quite untrue, of course.” She also explains that one of the reasons […]

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