Payday lenders being ‘bombarded’ by spurious claims – The Guardian

‘Compensation claims management firms looking for the next big earner after the PPI scandal have been accused of bombarding the much-criticised payday lending sector with complaints that are often spurious and sometimes without the knowledge of borrowers.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2019

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City regulator bans high overdraft fees to reform ‘dysfunctional’ market – The Guardian

‘The City regulator has accused UK banks of causing “significant harm” to their most vulnerable customers as it pushes ahead with a ban on excessive overdraft fees.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2019

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High court judge leads inquiry into London Capital & Finance scandal – The Guardian

‘The government has launched an independent inquiry into the collapse of London Capital & Finance, the investment firm at the centre of a mounting £236m financial scandal in which thousands of investors lost money. Dame Elizabeth Gloster, a leading high court judge specialising in corporate failures, finance and fraud, will lead the investigation into the company and the oversight of the City watchdog ahead of its collapse.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2019

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Payday loan complaints reach five year high – BBC News

‘Complaints against payday lenders have soared to a five year high, the industry watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 15th May 2019

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I’m still at a loss’: Windrush victims who were forced into homelessness and debt due to scandal still living in anguish and destitution a year on – The Independent

‘On 16 April 2018, Amber Rudd – then home secretary – stood up in the House of Commons to formally acknowledge the Windrush scandal for the first time. The treatment of immigrants by her department’s “hostile environment” was appalling, she said, vowing to deal with cases within two weeks and put things right. But exactly one year later, the suffering goes on. Many are yet to receive a response to their application to the taskforce, leaving them in a “state of limbo” with little or no information about how their case is progressing.’

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The Independent, 16th April 2019

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Government guidance to end “aggressive enforcement tactics” in recovery of unpaid council tax – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 15th, 2019 in council tax, debts, enforcement, local government, news by michael

‘The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is to publish new guidance to improve how councils recover unpaid council tax and end their use of “aggressive enforcement tactics”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th April 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Bailiffs should be required to wear bodycams, say MPs – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2019 in bailiffs, debts, news, repossession by sally

‘Bailiffs should be officially regulated and required to wear body cameras to monitor their behaviour when they seize property to cover unpaid bills and fines, MPs have recommended.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2019

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Law firm insolvencies hit new high amid ‘loan stacking’ warning – Legal Futures

Posted April 10th, 2019 in debts, insolvency, law firms, loans, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of insolvencies among solicitors’ firms reached a new high last year, Insolvency Service figures have shown, and a funder has warned that the practice of ‘loan stacking’ will only make things worse.’

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Legal Futures, 10th April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Second possession orders and estoppel – Nearly Legal

‘A court of appeal decision on a first instance application, where the main issue was whether, given an historic possession order, the landlord could bring fresh possession proceedings.’

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Nearly Legal, 24th March 2019

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Home Office still using NHS patient data for immigration enforcement despite suggesting it would end practice – The Independent

‘The Home Office is obtaining patient data from the NHS and using it for immigration enforcement purposes, despite suggesting last year that this form of data-sharing would no longer take place. A report by the chief inspector of borders reveals immigration enforcement teams are using hospital records containing data on migrants with an outstanding debt to the NHS of £500 or more.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2019

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Court of Appeal says no to indefinite delay to insolvency case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 18th, 2019 in appeals, debts, delay, foreign jurisdictions, insolvency, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has said that English courts will not indefinitely delay a case, preventing English creditors from pursuing claims in insolvency proceedings abroad, especially when the foreign proceedings had ended. It said that an English debt can only be discharged by an English law process.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th January 2019

Source: www.out-law.com

Students banned from accessing university emails for failing to pay rent, going against CMA rules – Daily Telegraph

‘Students have been banned from accessing university emails and shut out from campus libraries after failing to pay rent, it has been revealed. Undergraduates at the University of Liverpool who live in university-owned accommodation and are unable to pay their rent on time are being handed “academic sanctions”, contrary to Competition and Markets Authority rules.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2019

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Solicitor who owed barristers £146,000 in fees is struck off – Legal Futures

Posted December 17th, 2018 in barristers, costs, debts, deceit, disciplinary procedures, fees, licensing, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who admitted that he owed barristers over £146,000 in fees, and even took money from the estate of his dead mother, has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2018

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Tycoon Vijay Mallya can be extradited to India, UK judge rules – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2018 in airlines, banking, debts, extradition, fraud, loans, news by sally

‘Vijay Mallya, the multimillionaire former owner of the Force India Formula One team and self-proclaimed “King of the Good Times”, can be extradited to India to face allegations of fraud.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2018

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Women launch legal challenge to ‘irrational’ universal credit system – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, debts, families, news by tracey

‘Four women have launched a high court legal challenge to universal credit, arguing that an arbitrary design flaw in the payment system for the new benefit is “irrational and discriminatory” and leaves some families hundreds of pounds a year worse off.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2018

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Crackdown to stop rogue bailiffs making lives a misery – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 26th, 2018 in bailiffs, debts, press releases by tracey

‘Sweeping Government reforms in 2014 significantly curtailed bailiffs’ powers, as well as improving transparency and ensuring those with outstanding debts knew their rights.
Having listened to concerns from charities, debt advice organisations and others, the Government has today launched a Call for Evidence to seek views on what more should be done to protect the public.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Rogue bailiffs face crackdown as MP urges government to act – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2018 in bailiffs, debts, disabled persons, identification, news by sally

‘The government has pledged to crack down on rogue bailiffs after an MP raised the case of a disabled constituent who thought she was being burgled when debt collectors burst into her home without showing ID and took cash from her purse.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2018

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New Judgment: Dooneen Ltd (t/a McGinness Associates) & Anor v Mond [2018] UKSC 54 – UKSC Blog

Posted November 1st, 2018 in appeals, compensation, debts, insurance, news, Supreme Court, trustees in bankruptcy by sally

‘This appeal considered the construction of the expression ‘final distribution’ in a voluntary trust deed for creditors, and whether this includes a distribution made when the creditors receive less than 100 pence in the pound and there remain (following that distribution) assets vested in the trustee, albeit the trustee is unaware of their existence.’

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UKSC Blog, 31st October 2018

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Claimants who discontinued huge case during trial ordered to pay indemnity costs – Litigation Futures

Posted October 19th, 2018 in bankruptcy, civil procedure rules, costs, debts, indemnities, insolvency, news by sally

‘Claimants who discontinued their case four days into a six-week trial have been ordered to pay the defendants’ costs on the indemnity basis because their conduct took it ‘out of the norm’.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th October 2018

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HMRC seizes assets from almost 3,000 businesses as government ramps up pressure on late tax payment – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2018 in assets recovery, debts, HM Revenue & Customs, news, repayment, statistics, taxation by tracey

‘HM Revenue and Customs seized assets from 2,833 businesses last year as the government ramps up pressure on firms not paying tax on time. The number of firms facing asset seizures jumped 45 per cent from 2016/17 and has increased more than fourfold since 2014/15.’

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The Independent, 15th October 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk