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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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BRITAIN’S tribunal system is so overloaded hearings are being held in church halls, portable buildings, pubs and in one case even a tin shack, the Council for Tribunals says. “When you visit the tribunals, particularly the ones which sit irregularly, you see some peculiar sights,” council chair Lord Archer of Sandwell QC told a press […]

Klevan takes over brief in West case

MANCHESTER-based barrister Rodney Klevan QC has been instructed by alleged serial killer Fred West. Klevan, who defended former Liverpool Council deputy leader Derek Hatton, is a recorder of the Crown Court and leader of the Northern Circuit. He has been head of chambers at Manchester’s 18 St John Street since 1990. A bencher of Gray’s […]

Pensioners fight against care withdrawal

Roger Pearson looks ahead The High Court is set for a major test case early next year which will have wide-ranging implications for hard up local authorities. Two Gloucester pensioners are fighting to show that county councils are not entitled to cut off home care services purely because the councils are short of money. They […]

In brief: Liverpool wins equality award

A joint scheme organised between the Liverpool Law Society and voluntary organisation Access to Law has won the Law Society’s first Equal Opportunities Award. The award, which was co-sponsored by The Times, was set up this year to promote good equal opportunities in firms, local law societies and other organisations which employ solicitors. The winning […]

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