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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC has joined the team planning to launch the first ever legal battle to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece.Blom-Cooper of Doughty Street Chambers was informally retained by UK lawyer David Charity at a meeting to set up the Parthenon Marbles Trust. Charity said: “The trust deed was signed. We’re now entitled […]

Howrey bags EC cartel ace for Brussels drive

Howrey Simon Arnold & White has taken on Julian Joshua, the former head of the European Commission (EC) cartels unit, for its new Brussels office. Joshua, who joins as a partner from the Brussels office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, is central to Howrey’s plans for a long-awaited Brussels opening.Howrey’s first Brussels hire was Trevor […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have secured the main roles on the biggest M&A deal of the year. A&O is acting as lead adviser to German utilities conglomerate RWE on its e8.5bn (£5.22bn) bid for Innogy, while Linklaters is advising the target.RWE last week put in a bid of e5bn (£3bn) for the Innogy […]

Innogy in-housers survive takeover

The in-house legal department at FSTE 100 utilities giant Innogy will remain intact following the takeover by German conglomerate RWE. The company’s most senior lawyer Mike Bowden will also retain his place on the board.Bowden, the company secretary and managing director of corporate services, was appointed to the board in February, just a month before […]

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