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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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Regulatory Roundup

Europe’s competition watchdogs went into hyperdrive as 2005 drew to climactic end. The European Commission charged Microsoft with failing to comply with its antitrust ruling of 2004. The move outraged Microsoft lawyers, who complained that the regulator continued to move the goalposts. EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes found that Microsoft had supplied incomplete and inaccurate […]

Skadden stars secure top two places in M&A tables

Skadden stars secure top two places in M&A tables” />As first reported on www.thelawyer. com last Tuesday (10 January), Simpson topped Mergermarket’s 2005 pan-European league table by value of individual lawyers, advising on nine deals worth €70.63bn (£52.36bn) during 2005. Meanwhile, Hatchard took the number two spot after advising on 11 transactions totalling €70.7bn (£48.31bn). […]

Salou grabs top job at Orrick Paris

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has picked partner Stéphane Salou as its new Paris managing partner, following the completion of the US firm’s merger with Rambaud Martel. Jean-Michel Leprêtre, previously co-managing partner of Rambaud Martel, will support Salou in the new role. Orrick announced it was to merge with French independent Rambaud Martel in November 2005, […]

Plender bags WTO role

20 Essex Street’s Richard Plender QC has been appointed to the list of external legal counsel maintained by the Advisory Centre on World Trade Organisation (WTO) law. Plender has advised a number of states on WTO disputes, and has appeared as a panellist in proceedings including a 2004 investigation into the US’s measures affecting the […]

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