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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Aid firms get another six months

LEGAL AID practitioners have welcomed the Lord Chancellor’s decision to extend the notice required to vary or terminate legal aid contracts from six to 12 months. But during the Access to Justice Bill’s third reading in the Lords, Lord Irvine resisted calls to change government block-tendering plans and allow the public to use any solicitor […]

In brief: Rodger Pannone

Rodger Pannone, senior partner at Pannone & Partners and a former president of the Law Society, has been appointed chairman of the College of Law. He replaces Sir Derek Bradbeer. College chief executive Professor Nigel Savage paid tribute to Bradbeer, who held the post for nine years and saw the college transformed from “part of […]

In brief: The Lord Chancellor's Department

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has announced a new set of fees for civil cases – to be introduced on 26 April and will coincide with the introduction of the Woolf Reforms. The new county court and High Court fees will be in line with the new civil procedure rules. The LCD says the fees will […]

In brief: Bryan Cave

Bryan Cave, the US law firm, is opening an office in Shanghai after being granted a licence to practise in China. Harold Blatt, a partner at the firm’s London office, says he expects the office to open “within the next 30 to 60 days”. The office will do a variety of corporate work.

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