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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 06/02/96

Trade mark infringement and comparative advertising Barclays Bank v RBS Advanta (sued A RBS Advanta) (1996). Ch.D (Laddie J). Summary: Inclusion of a competitor’s registered trade mark in comparative advertising material no longer constitutes infringement of the mark in view of the Trade Marks Act 1994. Plaintiff bank’s claim for interlocutory relief as to alleged […]

Firm stays away from court for RSI deal

LEADING trade union firm Russell Jones &Walker says it has secured the first ever compensation agreement for repetitive strain injury (RSI) sufferers without resorting to court action. The agreement negotiated with the Inland Revenue encourages a system of dispute resolutions without the need for expensive court action. Sixteen of the most commonly identified conditions suffered […]

Price Waterhouse in legal coup

BIG SIX accountancy firm Price Waterhouse is set to take on City lawyers by establishing a legal practice this spring. The move could be the tip of the iceberg, with two other top accountancy firms rumoured to be going down the same path. The Price Waterhouse decision, described as a “terrifying prospect” by one City […]

In defence of deception

There is no question that criminal activity is increasing on a global scale. And it is equally clear that law enforcement agencies are incapable of stemming the tide or coping with existing levels of crime. The manpower in the private security sector outnumbers government agencies by at least two to one and without its help […]

Merger poses no threat

Your article on our merger (‘Merger Strengthens Chancery Set’ 23 January 1996) was well researched and I am grateful to you for the lineage you have afforded these chambers. The amalgamation of these two sets of Chancery chambers, together with the wholesale improvement in its administrative and communication systems, will provide us with the facilities […]

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