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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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VAT man faces £5 billion bill

In terms of its size, the practice of Hugh Mainprice, based in Victoria, London, is very small – a three-strong team headed by barrister-turned solicitor Mainprice and his barrister daughter Clare. But size does not always equate with status and that of Mainprice and his team is second to none in the heady world of […]

Teething troubles

Pressure from some larger City firms has brought forward the review of the Legal Practice Course. The results of the review, which has just started, will be implemented in the LPC starting in September 1997. The LPC was introduced in September 1993. It represents change (and was deliberately designed to do so) and some of […]

Giles Orton looks at the latest in Lloyds' pensions equality war.

Giles Orton is a partner at Eversheds. THE HIGH Court has dealt a blow to Lloyds Bank’s attempts to equalise pension benefits between the sexes by ‘levelling down’ women’s benefits. The result is likely to mean that men’s benefits will be levelled up, at a cost of around £100 million. This ruling follows the 1990 […]

Champion of the public's environmental rights

Martin Polden, chair of the Environmental Law Foundation, is a poacher turned game keeper. For many years his legal career involved representing developers who, in his own words, “were wreaking disaster on town centres”. “And then I saw the error of my ways,” he said. “I gave it all up and started to try and […]

New Alsops chief in operational review

Alsop Wilkinson’s head of business development, Stewart McRorie, quit the firm shortly after the appointment of new chief executive Christopher Honeyman Brown. Honeyman Brown, who is undertaking a far reaching review of Alsops’ operations, denied there was any connection with his arrival from accountancy firm Binder Hamlyn where he was a partner. “It is purely […]

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