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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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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has swooped for Herbert Smith real estate star Chris De Pury. BLP is in negotiations with Herbert Smith about a starting date, as De Pury needs to conclude a number of deals before leaving. BLP made a huge splash in the real estate market with the hire of Robert MacGregor from […]

Freshfields conference gives associates a voice

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will set up associate-led groups to discuss best working practice as a result of the firm’s inaugural associate conference. As revealed on www. thelawyer.com (22 March), on 23 March the magic circle firm hosted its first London associates’ away-day as part of a range of measures designed to improve engagement with the […]

US law firms reap the rewards of lobbying work as five reach top 20

Lobbying work earned top US law firms $107.15m (£54.52m) in 2006, according to a study by the Centre for Responsive Politics (CRP), a Washington DC-based non-partisan think-tank. Five law firms made the rankings of the top 20 lobbying earners among groups that work exclusively in government affairs and lobbying: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, […]

KKR retreats from Sainsbury’s deal

US private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has pulled out of the CVC-led consortium that is mulling an £9.5bn offer for J Sainsbury, the UK’s third-largest supermarket. The Clifford Chance-advised consortium now comprises Blackstone and Texas Pacific Group, as well as longstanding Clifford Chance client CVC. The three private equity houses now have until […]

Co-op dives headfirst into ‘Tesco law’

•The first ‘Tesco law-style’ legal service was launched last week (30 March) by the Co-operative Group as it takes advantage of the Clementi reforms. The group, which owns the Co-op supermarket chain, opened its new legal services head office in Bristol. The draft Legal Services Bill is expected to pave the way for Co-op to […]

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