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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 instructed by Irish state on Aer Lingus flotation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped a mandate to advise the Irish government on the IPO of its flag carrier Aer Lingus. The magic circle firm won the high-profile mandate after participating in a beauty parade at the end of last year. Irish firms William Fry and Arthur Cox are acting as local counsel to the […]

Trust in the system

The trust arena is on the brink of change in Switzerland, with a new bill waiting for parliamentary approval. By Filippo Noseda The Swiss government’s bill on trusts is currently being debated in the Swiss Parliament. Released on 5 December 2005, the final version of its bill was approved by the Upper House without reservations […]

DLA Piper to field defence for Pakistani cricket captain

DLA Piper‘s sports team has been drafted in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to represent captain Inzamam-ul-Haq against charges brought by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC has accused Inzamam of ball-tampering and bringing the game into disrepute following the early finish of the Fourth Test at the Brit Oval on 20 August. […]

QC ends three-year war crimes trial

Nicholas Stewart QC, a silk at Ely Place Chambers, is due to return to London after spending three years in The Hague defending Bosnian Serb Momcilo Krajisnik in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, a major war crimes trial. Krajisnik faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, with the prosecution […]

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