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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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DLA Piper has poached Bingham McCutchen banking and finance partner Sarah Coucher, marking the latest in a line of departures from the latter’s London finance practice. With experience in the hedge fund, distressed debt and special situations arenas, Coucher will join DLA Piper’s 10-strong London restructuring team to beef up its hedge fund expertise. DLA […]

Herbert Smith joins KKR banks on Alliance Boots bid

Herbert Smith is advising the syndicate of banks providing the finance for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’ (KKR) proposed takeover of Alliance Boots, The Lawyer understands.The US private equity house, alongside Alliance Boots deputy chairman Stefano Pessina, is receiving financial advice mainly from UniCredit Markets & Investment Banking, JPMorgan Cazenove and Merrill Lynch. However, JPMorgan Cazenove, Citigroup, […]

Lincolnshire’s finest win year-end honours

The first firm to publish its figures in this year’s financial reporting season has claimed a record turnover increase for 2006-07. Fee income at Lincolnshire firm Wilkin Chapman was up more than 13 per cent, taking turnover to above £11m. The firm saw particular growth in its debt recovery department and a successful marketing campaign […]

Kraft adds finishing touch to in-house IP team with raid on Howrey

Kraft has scooped promising associate Calum Smyth from Howrey’s London office to complete its new in-house patents team. Smyth will be Kraft’s patent chief in Europe and will manage the company’s portfolio across the EU. Smyth’s role will cover the full range of patent work, including handling patent oppositions in the European Patent Office and […]

BAE admits using private eyes against CAAT

BAE Systems has admitted that it paid private investigators to gather information about a campaign group it is battling in court. The aerospace giant confessed that it paid £2,500 per month to LigneDeux Associates, a private investigation agency which passed information about Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) to BAE’s director of security, Mike McGinty. […]

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