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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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Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised on the two largest transactions in the history of the European syndicated loan market in the past three weeks. Just two weeks after the firm bagged the lead role advising Porsche’s E35bn (EU163;23.69bn) bid for Volkswagen on 28 March, it scooped the role advising Mediobanca and UBS on the […]

Ashurst boosts Germany with Siemens in-houser

Ashurst has boosted its Munich office by hiring a new partner. M&A specialist Lutz Englisch will join the firm from Siemens in Germany, where he headed its in-house legal corporate M&A team, having joined in 1991. Ashurst Germany managing partner Simon Beddow said: “Lutz Englisch is widely recognised as a leading figure in the German […]

Garrigues surpasses e250m revenue barrier

Garrigues is set to become the first Spanish firm to break the e250m (£170.14m) barrier, predicting a revenue growth of around 15 per cent this year. A 15 per cent revenue increase would put the firm at e256m (£174.23m), a rise of e33m (£22.46m). The firm also grew by 15 per cent last year to […]

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Miners’ advisers could be forced to dig deep

Just two weeks after Beresfords senior partner Jim Beresford was revealed to be the UK’s richest lawyer after taking home £16.8m in one year, it seems he may have to give a bit back.

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