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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 […]

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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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Scottish firms have faced a real dilemma in recent years: enter the London market to tap a larger pool of clients or stay firmly committed to the domestic Scottish market. The so-called big four of Dundas & Wilson, McGrigors, Maclay Murray & Spens and Shepherd & Wedderburn have chosen the former route, arguing that a […]

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Somerfield uses Kirkland for £1.57bn takeover by Co-op

Kirkland & Ellis has muscled in on the Co-op’s £1.57bn takeover of Somerfield, winning a mandate from former Linklaters client Somerfield. Kirkland & Ellis has muscled in on the Co-op’s £1.57bn takeover of Somerfield by winning a mandate from former ­Linklaters client Somerfield. Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance were also handed […]

Cains targets East’s emerging markets with Singapore office launch

Offshore firm Cains has opened an office in Singapore with a three-strong team, creating a base from which to serve its Asian clients. Cains managing director Andrew Corlett said the firm felt a Singapore launch was vital given the strength of the region and the country’s position within it. “We ;think ;that ;the emerging markets […]

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Howrey’s burgeoning UK intellectual property (IP) practice has scored a valuable patent win for biotechnology ;client Angiotech against Conor Medsystems in the House of Lords. The House of Lords ­judgment, led by Lord Hoffmann, will serve as a signifi­cant precedent in UK patent ­disputes and has made it easier for patent holders to defend their […]

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