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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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One would think that associate pay and the retention of fee-earners would be among the most pressing issues facing managing partners of UK firms at the moment. Apparently not. During a recent meeting of six of the City’s leading managing partners, the two hottest topics of conversation were the quality of in-house catering and what to do about […]

Herbert Smith raids DWS for finance duo

Herbert Smith has swooped on Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) acquisition finance team and hired two of the firm’s remaining three leveraged specialists. Chris Fanner and Ian Yeo resigned from DWS last week, leaving new partner Catherine Astruc in charge of the group. Their departure dates are understood to be subject to negotiation. The move has underlined Herbert […]

New chair at Arthur Cox as O’Dwyer quits

Corporate partner Eugene McCague has been voted in as the new chair of Dublin giant Arthur Cox after current chair and head of corporate, James O’Dwyer, announced his intention to step down from both roles in April 2006. Last weekend, days after O’Dwyer’s announcement, Arthur Cox held a selection process to find its new chair. […]

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Ashurst had reason to celebrate after the Competition Commission cleared the way for National Express Group (NEG) to bid for the Thameslink/Great Northern (TGN) rail franchise.

Herbies, Stibbe take on Tele Atlas global offer

Herbert Smith and alliance partner Stibbe have scooped an instruction to advise Tele Atlas on its global offer and listing on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. The €537m (£367.7m) offering is the second-largest equity offering by a European technology company since 2000. The firms won the work thanks to their role on the €540m (£369.8m) TomTom IPO […]

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