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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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THE Law Society is to host a seminar for solicitors hoping to sell legal services on the Internet, amid fears that claims on the Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund (SIF) could escalate as a result of incorrect advice displayed on the Web. The Law Society will hold the seminar – The Commoditisation and On-line Provision of Legal […]

Fast-track justice hits a brick wall

The national pilot for fast-track justice has so far done nothing to ease the minds of lawyers, who see the scheme as a disaster in the making. Katherine Burke reports. Six weeks into the national pilot, fast-track justice seems to be proving its detractors right. As both the police and the CPS rush to prepare […]

Tesco sued over hospital plans

The Health Secretary, Frank Dobson, is suing retail giant Tesco over its plans to develop a hospital site as a superstore. The firm is said to have agreed to buy the former South London Hospital for Women at Clapham Common, with the price depending on the type of planning permission achieved. Although planning consent for […]

Treasury budget cuts behind law reforms, says Labour MPs

A rebel Labour MP has heavily criticised the Government over its legal reforms, which he claims are being driven by Treasury budget cuts rather than any altruistic desire to increase access to justice. The comments, made by prominent MP Austin Mitchell on the eve of the Queen’s Speech, will embarrass the Government, which has been […]

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