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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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SPG drums up funds to challenge SIF risk branding

The Solicitors’ Property Group (SPG) is appealing to the entire profession to help finance a judicial review of the Law Society’s new risk banding rules for contributions to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). Under risk banding, which is being introduced this year, firms specialising in conveyancing face massive hikes in their SIF contributions because of […]

Questionable justice

A damning report slams French commercial courts’ flaws. Geraldine Gadbin reports. Geraldine Gadbin, a solicitor with Sherwin Oliver in Hampshire, is a French national and a qualified avocat. As the French bask in the glory of World Cup victory, few are aware that their commercial courts, the tribunaux de commerce, are being given a dressing-down […]

Research finds solicitors are hostile to mediation scheme

Research into a mediation scheme at Central London County Court has found solicitors to be generally unenthusiastic, frequently apprehensive and occasionally positively hostile to mediation. The scheme, which began in May 1996, offers parties the chance to resolve disputes through mediation for a nominal fee of £25 per party. By March 1998 offers of mediation […]

SIF: still a runner – or dead in the water?

In the light of the CLLS’s recent condemnation of SIF, Shaun Pye wonders if the mutual fund stands a chance against the might of the City. In the bowels of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) HQ, staff can definitely hear the fat lady clearing her throat and preparing to sing. While last week’s call from […]

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