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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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Howard Kennedy, Martineau lead the way in venture capital trusts

Howard Kennedy and Martineau Johnson were the most active venture capital trust advisers during the 2006-07 tax year, each acting on six of the industry’s 26 fundraisings. While the vehicles advised by Martineau collectively attracted £44.3m of a sought £79.7m, the Howard Kennedy-advised products raised £76.6m of a sought £130.4m. Howard Kennedy head of listed […]

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Latham London leads fight for justice in Eastern Europe

The European arm of Latham & Watkins is upping its pro bono effort, with London clocking up 4,000 hours on its own. A key component has been Latham’s work fighting for Eastern Europeans in front of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). As part of this, the firm is assisting the Romania Helsinki Committee, […]

Burges Salmon secures Hargreaves Lansdown IPO

Bristol-headquartered Burges Salmon scored an instruction on the landmark flotation of independent financial adviser and stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown, which will value the company at between £600m and £800m. Burges Salmon head of corporate Chris Godfrey is leading the team. He is the relationship partner for the company. Hargreaves Lansdown, which is also based in Bristol, […]

Garrigues surpasses e250m revenue barrier

Garrigues is set to become the first Spanish firm to break the e250m (£170.14m) barrier, predicting a revenue growth of around 15 per cent this year. A 15 per cent revenue increase would put the firm at e256m (£174.23m), a rise of e33m (£22.46m). The firm also grew by 15 per cent last year to […]

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