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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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Herbies scoops JC Flowers bid for Northern Rock

JC Flowers has confounded expectations by turning to Herbert Smith for advice on its approach to beleaguered mortgage lender Northern Rock. Corporate partner Anthony Macaulay is reportedly leading the Herbert Smith team for the US private equity house, which is yet to make a concrete offer for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer client Northern Rock, although it […]

Bond Pearce

Bond Pearce’s managing partner Victor Tettmar intends to harness the growth in the renewable energy sector to pull the firm out of a period of unrest Bond Pearce” />Name: Victor Tettmar Title: Managing partner Firm: Bond Pearce Turnover: £43.5m Number of lawyers: 257 Victor Tettmar’s CV Education: 1979-82: Manchester University, LLB 1982-83: College of Law, […]

Quadrant raids 4-5 Gray’s for banking trio

Quadrant Chambers has raided 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square for a trio of barristers as it ramps up its banking and financial services practice for the expected influx of work following the credit crunch. The set has recruited derivatives specialist Tom O’Riordan, who, before joining 4-5 Gray’s Inn, worked as external counsel for Cadwalader Wickersham & […]

A&O and Shearman close £3.4bn SAP takeover

A raft of top firms have managed to land a £3.4bn cross-border friendly takeover, despite the financial markets’ jitters. Allen & Overy (A&O), Bredin Prat and Jones Day are advising German-headquartered business software provider SAP on its €4.8bn (£3.4bn) approach for French rival Business Objects. A&O is advising its longstanding client on German and US […]

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Freshfields wins Bloxham age case…

…but Tribunal finds the magic circle firm proportionately discriminating in its handling of former partner Peter Bloxham. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been found to have been proportionate in its controversial pension reforms that sparked a £4.5m age claim by former partner Peter Bloxham. The Central London Employment Tribunal today handed down a judgment that found […]

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