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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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Herbert Smith’s London and Hong Kong offices advised Zhejiang Southeast Electric Power Company on the largest ever B share listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the first listing of a mainland Chinese company global depository receipts on the London Stock Exchange with an expected market capitalisation of $200m. Arthur Andersen’s tied UK and Hong […]

Royal firms named in Palumbo writ

A writ has been issued against Mishcon de Reya, solicitors to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, by the family trust of property tycoon Lord Palumbo, the man who introduced the princess to the firm. Rugarth Investment Trust (RIT) accuses its former legal advisers Mishcons and accountancy firm Binder Hamlyn of negligence, breach of contract […]

Druces & Attlee forms Euro group

CITY FIRM Druces & Attlee has created a 12-firm international alliance and named it Druces International. Under the new alliance, the 18-partner firm will be joined by 11 similar or slightly smaller-sized practices from Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. The group is also looking for firms in Denmark […]

In brief: DJ Freeman media expert moves to RPC

DJ Freeman’s head of commercial litigation Liz Hartley is leaving to join Reynolds Porter Chamberlain on 1 November. Hartley specialises in media and IT disputes. One of her major clients for the past 15 years, Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, is already advised by Reynolds Porter on commercial matters. Hartley said: “RPC is […]

In brief: Herbert Smith advises PW on Coopers link

Herbert Smith is advising Price Waterhouse on its merger with Coopers & Lybrand. Partners Elizabeth McKnight and Brussels-based Craig Pouncey are advising PW and Coopers & Lybrand on getting the merger past the EU’s competition directorate and the UK’s Office of Fair Trading, while corporate partners Stephen Barnard and Geoffrey Maddock are advising PW on […]

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