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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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ECJ rulings give mixed message on golden shares

Three judgments by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 4 June ruled both for and against the use of golden shares by EU member states.In separate judgments, the ECJ struck down rules that let the French and Portuguese governments hold golden shares in former state-owned enterprises, but backed rules that allow the Belgium government’s […]

New York firms cash in on insolvency tide

Big ticket insolvency and restructuring work is keeping the fees rolling in to New York’s top law firms. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has asked a Chicago bankruptcy court to authorise payment of its $10.6m (£7.1m) bill to Kmart Corporation.While Skadden’s bill is high, it is small change compared with Weil Gotshal & Manges’ […]

ECB backs harmonisation of EU securitisation law

ECB general counsel pledges support to harmonisation of EU member states in bid to catch-up US The Fight for harmonisation of securitisation law throughout the EU received a massive boost this month when the general counsel of the European Central Bank (ECB) Antonio Sainz de Vicuna lent his support to lawyers arguing the case.At a […]

Cripps Harries Hall in IP drive with new hire

Cripps Harries Hall has appointed its first ever intellectual property (IP) partner to head the IP unit within the corporate department.Peter Jennings is a former partner and head of IP at niche City firm Pettman Smith. Prior to his time at Pettmans, Jennings was a partner at Theodore Goddard and Baker & McKenzie.Corporate partner Peter […]

White & Case considers Canary Wharf for new home

The London office of White & Case could be moving lock, stock and barrel to Canary Wharf. The US firm is understood to be considering a move away from its Moorgate base to an office in either Canary Wharf or the City.A source at the firm said: “The position is still being negotiated. We’re looking […]

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