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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has advised new client JO Hambro Investment Management (Johim) on the launch of two new investment funds.

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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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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 […]

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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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Slaughters in talks to offload Paris office to Bredin Prat

Slaughter and May is locked in negotiations with Bredin Prat that may result in the City firm’s Paris arm move across to its French ally. Slaughter’s practice partner David Frank confirmed Paris press reports that the two firms have been in discussions for some time but stressed that they may decide to retain the status […]

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A slew of major acquisition finance deals closed in November. Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) clients had a number of successful auctions: Jackie Evans advised JPMorgan, Citibank and Bank of America on the £1.27bn financing of Lion Capital and Blackstone’s acquisition of Cadbury Schweppes’ European drinks business, while Andrew Bamber advised Barclays, Citibank and Royal Bank […]

DLA Piper opens in Beijing with Coudert crew

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is finally open for business in Beijing after the Chinese Ministry of Justice approved its licence application. The granting of the licence follows DLA Piper’s plundering of the Beijing practice of Coudert Brothers earlier this year. The team from Coudert included China practice managing partner Jingzhou Tao, who will head […]

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