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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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Thanks to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Richard Eaton for putting Tulkinghorn straight on his footballing facts. An earlier diary story about Emma Slessenger, the lawyer who came second in BBC Radio 4’s Brain of Britain quiz, incorrectly stated that Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest was the last team to go unbeaten throughout an […]

We can work it out

The benefits of residential commonhold schemes are clear. But is commonhold a viable option for commercial investors? By Christopher Harrison So we know about commonhold now. We know it is an alternative way of owning freehold-registered land within a community of freeholders whose commonhold association company, of which each unit-holder is a member, owns the […]

Corporate deals round-up

Clifford Chance (Guy Norman, Adam Signy, Mark Stewart) has advised Melrose, a UK-based cash shell, on an unsolicited hostile offer for £625.5m for UK conglomerate Novar. Novar was advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Jean Grayson, Thomas Lebbig, Ulrike Rein) advised E.On Ruhrgas International on its €772m (£540.9m) acquisition of a majority and controlling stake in […]

White & Case man pulls out of Paris bar race

White & Case finance partner Jean-Luc Boussard has pulled out of the race for a place on the Paris Bar Council following the first round of elections yesterday (23 November). Boussard received 1164 votes in the first round, placing him towards the bottom of the list of 42 candidates. However the three other candidates from […]

Jacksons challenges the Hague Convention

Niche litigation firm Jackson Parton has scored a coup by forcing the Law Lords to rethink a legal point that has been at the centre of international trade and maritime law for half a century. The case itself, Jindal Iron and Steel Co v Islamic Solidarity Jordan, will decide shipowners’ liabilities for loss or damage […]

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