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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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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising managers Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter on Dixons’ indirect issue of exchangeable bonds only a month after investing in French internet company Wanadoo. Under the terms of the deal, the bondholder has the right to trade bonds in return for shares in internet service provider Wanadoo. […]

MoFo joins forces with Tokyo firm

The Tokyo office of Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has formed a joint venture with a local firm, allowing it to provide domestic advice for the first time. The US firm has been in Japan since 1987. Under Japanese law, foreign firms are allowed to give domestic advice only through a joint venture, but the firm […]

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Just what did Lord Irvine mean by extending a 15 per cent pay rise in legal aid rates to just the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) while ignoring the Law Society’s own family law panel? Many family law practitioners believe that the Lord Chancellor is cutting costs and relishing an opportunity to have a pop […]

SJ Berwin wins B&M global partner

SJ Berwin‘s German branch has taken on an international partner from Baker & McKenzie‘s Frankfurt office. Sebastian Gronstedt, who specialises in private equity and M&A transactions, will join the firm’s Frankfurt office where he will focus on buyout work. Gronstedt has previously acted for multinational corporations, but in his new role he will move away […]

Possession is two halves of the law

Last November there was a revolution in the arena of family law following the judgment in the House of Lords in the case of White v White. It was the biggest shake-up of divorce law in 30 years and, not surprisingly, the courts are still working out what it all means. Payne Hicks Beach family […]

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