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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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Industry gears up for arbitration boom

Arbitration will be the main battleground for third-party litigation funders, market leaders have revealed. The news follows the emergence of two more litigation funders: Law Assist, which is setting up a consortium of funders, and Justice Capital. Big players in the area, such as Allianz ProzessFinanz, Calunius Capital and Global Arbitration & Litigation Services (Gals), […]

Former FFW alliance partner hit by German defections

Former Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) German alliance partner Buse Heberer Fromm has lost almost half of its Hamburg office, with a trio of partners leaving to set up on their own. Partners Michael Nesselhauf, Volker Knies and Bernd Koch have taken seven associates to set up Nesselhauf RechtsanwŠlte. Two of the former Buse associates will […]

Herbies acts for banks on Chinese share offering

Herbert Smith has advised JPMorgan Securities and China International Capital Corporation (CICC) on the $1.16bn (£0.56bn) global offering of shares in Chinese truck manufacturers Sinotruk. JPMorgan and CICC were the joint global coordinators and book runners on the transaction and turned to Herbert Smith following its work on past transactions in the sector. “The Sinotruk […]

OFT: We don’t want US-style class actions

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will today (26 November) put its recommendations to the government to encourage private competition actions. Today’s recommendations follow more than six months of consultation with businesses, law firms and consumer groups after the OFT published a discussion paper on private actions in April (see www.thelawyer.com, 18 April). OFT chairman […]

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