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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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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Pinsent Masons property partner Andrew Yates as joint head of regeneration and public sector. He will co-head the practice alongside Lesley-Anne Avis. Yates specialises in property development and funding, including commercial property work and secured lending, leisure and retail premises, institutional purchases, joint ventures and property insolvency. Yates has […]

Mayer, rosenblatt act on indian float

Mayer Brown and Rosenblatt Solicitors have won roles advising on the London Stock Exchange flotation of an Indian infrastructure fund. Infrastructure India, which launched last week (30 June), raising £36.7m, was represented by Mayer Brown corporate partner William Charnley. Rosenblatt corporate finance partners Jon Lovitt, Tom Ferns and Wayne O’Neil turned out for the financial […]

Supreme Court building costs rise by £2m

The new Supreme Court building will cost £2m more than ­originally estimated, Justice Secretary Jack Straw has revealed. Straw said his predecessor Lord Falconer announced an ­estimated set-up cost of £56.9m, but the building had suffered from water penetration, so the estimated cost for building work was now £38.7m, with other costs of £20.2m.

Maples hires A&L duo for Ireland push

Cayman Islands-based Maples and Calder has continued its Ireland expansion by hiring Irish firm A&L Goodbody financial services partners Barry McGrath and Nollaig Murphy. It is Maples’ ­second Irish hire in two months, following the ­recruitment of corporate partner Edward Miller from Matheson Ormsby ­Prentice in June. McGrath is an investment fund ­specialist, while Murphy […]

SFO lambasted over collapse of Goldshield case

The taxpayer could foot a bill of around £40m after the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was forced to drop a high-profile case against Goldshield Group. The SFO had accused pharmaceutical company Goldshield of conspiring to defraud the NHS through an alleged pharmaceutical cartel. However, the SFO’s original indictment only related to price-fixing, which alone is […]

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