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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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Cap on negligent valuations may cut lender litigation

Litigation experts are predicting fewer claims by lenders who seek damages for negligent property valuations made during the economic boom of the late Eighties after a House of Lords ruling last week. Lawyers had been expecting a deluge of claims following a Court of Appeal case earlier this year. The court had ruled that lenders […]

Law Soc treasurer in SCB rebuke

Three Law Society ex-presidents are to decide whether the society’s treasurer Mike Howells should resign after revelations that he has been “severely rebuked” by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. The SCB found he had failed to furnish a client with adequate professional services and ordered him to pay £1,000 compensation. The issue is threatening to overshadow […]

What price a shattered life?

The Law Commission recently issued its consultation paper, Damages for Personal Injury: Non-Pecuniary Loss, which promises to be as important for the assessment of personal injury damages as the commission’s report on structured settlements. That report recommends that the multipliers for future pecuniary loss, such as loss of earnings and the cost of care, should […]

Course aims to train UK lawyers to crack China

LAW firms sending staff to China are being offered courses on undertaking business in the country by the University of Glamorgan Law School, which has just signed a partnership deal with China’s top law school. Under the agreement signed on 7 June, Glamorgan will become the first European partner of the100-year-old University of Peking. The […]

Euro Bars stand firm on MDPs

THE DUTCH Bar is to receive the backing of Europe’s combined Bar associations in its battle with Price Waterhouse over the issue of multidisciplinary partnerships. Price Waterhouse has made a complaint to the European Commission that Dutch Bar rules which prohibit it from employing lawyers breach European competition law. The commission’s decision on the case […]

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