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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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Royal london/Scottish

This is the biggest corporate deal of the year so far for Speechly Bircham, acting for long-term client Scottish Life Assurance. The firm acted on the client’s mutualisation in the 1960s, and this £1.1bn demutualisation is the biggest deal it has done since then. Royal London Mutual bought Scottish Life Assurance Company after a competitive […]

KLegal completes first set of corporate technology deals

KLEGAL, the legal affiliate of KPMG, has completed its first set of corporate technology deals since its creation a year ago. The deals have a combined value of just over £100m. Corporate partner Philip Rogers believes they are still highly significant for the fledgling firm. The deals are Marconi’s £70m acquisition of Albany Partnership, a […]

Aggregate Industries

Aggregate Industries pays £29m for building assets of Tarmac. Aggregate Industries advised by Hammond Suddards Edge (Roger Birchall). Tarmac represented by Eversheds (Helen Ridge, Howard Gill, Chris Moff).

DAVID GRIEF

Essex Court chambers Grief entered the clerking fraternity aged 17 as a result of his father’s friendship with silk Pete Goodfellow QC, at the chambers now known as 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Within six months, he had been elevated to the position of first junior (basically the deputy to the senior clerk), a leap that […]

The Leader Column

Magic circle? Enough already. A far more interesting European battle is going on elsewhere. Lovells Boesebeck Droste is gearing up for the big time. Its ambitions in Germany, France and Italy herald a new stage in its attempts to position itself as the alternative to the magic circle for pan-European corporate work. To some extent […]

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