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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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Hammonds has suffered a double construction loss as two Birmingham partners move to Cobbetts. Birmingham head of construction James Bessey and non-contentious partner Mark Robinson join Cobbetts’ existing two-partner Midlands construction team. The hires boost Cobbetts’ construction team nationally to nine partners. According to Cobbetts’ national construction head Mark Whittell, Bessey and Robinson will add […]

Jomati and Altman Weil in transatlantic tie-up

Jomati, the legal management consultancy run by former Clifford Chance and Andersen Legal managing partner Tony Williams (left), has announced a strategic alliance with US consultants Altman Weil. Both Jomati and Altman Weil have recently advised on transatlantic mergers, with Jomati advising on the Kirkpatrick & Lockhart-Nicholson Graham & Jones tie-up and Altman Weil handling […]

Simmons in line for repeat work from Santander after CDO advice

Simmons & Simmons has closed its first deal for Banco Santander Central Hispano after advising the Spanish bank on its first managed collateralised debt obligation (CDO), and is in line for repeat instructions on the programme. The deal, a managed synthetic CDO, is the first transaction of its type structured by the Spanish bank and […]

CC in financial U-turn as it dumps $150m placement

Magic circle firm rejects borrowing experiment out of hand; balance sheet benefits to tune of millions Clifford Chance has dramatically abandoned its financial strategy of the last three years and redeemed its entire $150m (£79.6m) private placement in order to return to a more conventional borrowing policy. The move, initiated by chief operating officer David […]

Kirkpatrick profits from Testa Hurwitz dissolution

Recently merged Anglo-American firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has taken six partners from the recently dissolved Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault. The Boston office of Kirkpatrick has inherited five intellectual property partners and one labour and employment partner. Boston is Kirkpatrick’s home town and houses about 100 of the firm’s 950 lawyers. The IP partners […]

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