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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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Family set to open in West Country

The set, headed up by Eleanor Platt QC and Alison Ball QC, has recruited two new tenants who will be permanently based in Exeter, and hopes to bring a junior tenant on board soon. Kay Firth Butterfield is joining the annexe in Exeter from 1 Gray’s Inn Square in London, the chambers of The Baroness […]

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Weil Gotshal & Manges represented MediaOne Group and its subsidiary MediaOne International Holdings on the sale of its stock holdings in a number of companies to Microsoft Holdings. Akiko Mikumo, London-based head of US law at Weil Gotshal, acted with a team of two on the transaction. Sullivan & Cromwell’s New York office advised Microsoft.

Lovells Boesebeck in Deutshe Post IPO

Lovells Boesebeck Droste is advising the German government on the initial public offering (IPO) of Deutsche Post in a deal involving law firms from three countries. The Anglo-German firm will handle the sale of up to 35 per cent of the company, planned for later this year. Werner Michael Waldeck, a partner at Lovells Boesebeck […]

It's been a bad week for…

Norman Green, who received a bill for £526 for damage to a bus and a threat of court action if he refused to pay. The bus company, First Leicester, has suspended the summons until Green’s finances improve. Green missed 14 weeks of work after being hit by the bus when he was crossing a road. […]

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