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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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Money laundering – ignorance is no defence

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Maximum security

A new act in the US reforming corporate governance has given fresh powers to the SEC to investigate lawyers and senior business personnel. Alex Cohen and Michael Dunn report

Clifford Chance battles Slaughters over British Energy rescue package

Magic circle giants Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May have gone head-to-head in an effort to sort out a Government-backed rescue package for stricken electricity generator British Energy.Clifford Chance partner David Childs, long-term adviser to the embattled energy company is leading negotiations with the Government and private financiers to secure the future of the company.The […]

Separated at birth

Could it be true? Is Mark Stewart, one of Clifford Chance’s pre-eminent banking partners, really a furry-footed Hobbit with a magical ring? One glance at these photos proves that there must surely be a connection between the lovely Mr Stewart and Bilbo Baggins. Played by Ian Holm in the recent film Lord of the Rings: […]

The night shift

There are certain things that lawyers really shouldn’t do. Sleeping with a client is bad; sleeping with a number of your clients is even worse. Tulkinghorn is therefore a little concerned by the behaviour of Paul Renney, head of e-commerce at Theodore Goddard, who is planning to do just that. And he’s got the audacity […]

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