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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 […]

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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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Liberty conference discusses stalking

STALKING legislation and the protection of children were top of the agenda at Liberty’s first post-election law and order conference last Saturday. John Wadham, director of Liberty, said the purpose of the London conference was to ensure that justified concerns about crime and the “spat between the two political parties over which was toughest on […]

Crest shows its value

Members of the Association of solicitor Investment Managers are making the most out of the new electronic share dealing system, says Andrew Murray. Andrew Murray is head of the financial services unit at Lawrence Graham. The transfer to Crest – the Stock Exchange’s electronic share dealing system – over the past few months has been […]

Lucas Bateman on the need for a reform of attitudes.

Lucas Bateman is an intellectual property litigator at Pinsent Curtis in Leeds. In an era of concern over the time and money consumed by litigation, I anticipate that the recent trend towards the granting of orders for lump sum costs in the Chancery Division will be welcomed by most practitioners. In a Patents Court Practice […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 03/06/97

Challenge to searches of cells in prisoner’s absence R v The Governor of HM Prison Whitemoor ex parte Ronald Main (1997) DC (Pill LJ, Latham J and Astill J) 16/5/9Appearances: Miss Montgomery QC instructed by the Treasury Solicitor for the respondent. Summary: Challenge to the legality of prison cell searches in the absence of the […]

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