Dispute Resolution

Financial Conduct Authority sets deadline for claims for mis-sold cap products to be brought against banks

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) review into the way that some banks sold interest rate hedging products (such as SWAPS, CAPS or COLLARS) has resulted in £1.8 billion being paid in redress. Commercial litigator Andrew Carter explains. Which banks are involved? Under the review, which started...

Are private landlords now more liable to claims for defects arising outside their properties?

The Court of Appeal, in the recent decision of Edwards v Kumarasamy [2015], intepreted section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 in such a way as to broaden the repairing obligations of landlords. Bedford landlord and tenant specialist solicitor Hannah Young explains the implications. In that...

SARAH - a pointless exercise?

The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (SARAH) recently had its second reading where it received a scathing response in the House of Lords. For those of you who have missed it, it is allegedly a Bill that has been drafted as a response to our expanding “compensation culture”. You may...

Is it reasonable to expect private landlords to act as the Government’s Gatekeeper for immigration?

As part of their clampdown against illegal immigration, private landlords are going to be responsible for checking new tenants have the right to reside in the UK. Landlords who fail to comply with this will face a fine of about £2,000 - £3,000. Bedford based specialist landlord and tenant solicitor...

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