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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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Scottish Re scores Royal & SunAlliance heavyweight

The UK arm of Bermuda-based life reinsurer Scottish Re has appointed George Scott as its first ever in-house lawyer. Scott, previously a corporate legal adviser at Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Group, is set to join Scottish Re Holdings as legal counsel this Wednesday (18 February). During his time at Royal & SunAlliance, Scott was primarily involved in around 15 […]

Commission plans to simplify IP with EU Community Patent Court

The creation of a Community Patent Court with EU jurisdiction has been formally proposed by the European Commission in its bid to harmonise and simplify EU intellectual property protection. If ministers approve the idea, it could ultimately end the current system whereby national and European patents are challenged in national courts, which sometimes leads to […]

Corporate deals round-up

Berwin Leighton Paisner (Simon Pollock) advised Supercart on its admission to AIM. The float raised £4m for the supermarket trolley company. Lawrence Graham (Hugh Maule) advised the nominated adviser to the float, Charles Stanley & Co. Mundays (Peter Munday) advised Alliance UniChem and retail subsidiary E Moss on the acquisition of WEP Limited and WEP (Fortrose), the retail pharmacy […]

Morgan Lewis bags White & Case partner

The Belgian office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius has poached White & Case Ger-man antitrust partner Gerrit Schohe to boost its Brussels competition platform. Since the departure of the former head of the European Commission cartels unit Julian Joshua, the firm has had just one Brussels antitrust lawyer, Izzet Sinan. Joshua, who joined in 2000, […]

Landwell faces SEC deadline on audit clients

Landwell’s global legal network has been given a deadline of 30th June by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this year to stop working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) SEC registered audit clients. The firm’s German practice Heussen (previously PriceWaterhouseCoopers Veltins) is to quit the network almost two months short of this date on 6 May. […]

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