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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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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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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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The £220m sale and leaseback of the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise property portfolio, known as the Steps deal, used to be a matter of pride for Lovells. The deal with Mapeley, on which it advised the Government, confirmed Lovells’ place at the cutting edge of the property outsourcing market. Three years on, it […]

Fried Frank partner defects to Kirkland

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has lost its second corporate partner to Kirkland & Ellis just weeks after talks with Ashurst Morris Crisp fell through. Thomas Christopher is joining Kirkland one month after Stephen Fraidin, one of Fried Frank’s most senior partners, left for the same firm. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, 21 May

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