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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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Freshfields shuffles real estate team

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed London partner Chris Morris as global real estate practice head, with Friedrich Heilmann to act as his deputy. Morris takes over from Johannes Conradi and Geoff Le Pard who have jointly led the real estate group since August 2000 and will now return to full time client work. The real […]

Patent profits

If you strolled into your firm with a cheque for $200m (£111.9m), your managing partner would probably single you out for a little praise come the year-end. Thanks to the recent raft of big paydays for firms willing to take cases on a contingency basis, notably in the area of so-called ‘patent troll’, a number […]

Opinion

With free healthcare, but means-tested social care, people in England and Wales are getting a raw deal Up and down the country, dinner party conversation in many homes has changed from quiet satisfaction over the increase in house prices to outright concern over whether the property will have to be sold to pay for care. […]

Super set to launch in summer

A group of seven leading criminal barristers this morning (4 May) confirmed the establishment of a new ‘super set’ in Smithfield. As first revealed by The Lawyer (27 February 2006), Cloth Fair Chambers is being set up by five barristers from Hollis Whiteman Chambers, plus two other notable criminal silks. The seven founders include Julian […]

Gleiss leads Blackstone through telco investment

Gleiss Lutz advised longstanding client Blackstone on its first investment in a government-controlled company. The US private equity group was selected by the German government as the preferred bidder for a 4.5 per cent, E2.68bn (£1.5bn) stake in Deutsche Telekom. Blackstone established a new company, Green Park 1 Acquisition, for the acquisition, which gives the […]

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