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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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Chancery courts the future

While the High Court continues to persist with the ancient Chancery Court and Queen’s Bench Divisions, many argue that, ultimately, only one will survive. On the battlefield of legal services reform, the Chancery and its barristers are fighting hard to defend their territory and, for now at least, they appear to be winning. The Queen’s […]

Linklater in tribute to former partner

LINKLATERS & Alliance has paid tribute to former senior partner Ferrier Charlton, who has died aged 75. Charlton was senior partner at the City law firm from 1985 to 1988. He helped to set up the Eurobond market in the 1960s and later advised the Thatcher government on the privatisation of British Telecom in 1984. […]

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New Zealand’s parliament will debate on giving great apes basic human rights under new legislation. Under the Animal Welfare Bill, the apes would have fundamental rights, including the right to life, the right not to suffer cruelty, and the right to be selected for the All Blacks. Lawyers who find such sentiments absurd may like […]

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Magistrates court staff demand 6 per cent rise

MAGISTRATES court staff are threatening to work to rule if their demands for a 6 per cent pay increase and a £600 lump sum are not met, The Lawyer can reveal. If the threat is carried out, magistrates courts could be plunged into chaos with ushers, clerks and administrative staff refusing to work outside their […]

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