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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‘s (BLP) star head of real estate Robert MacGregor has landed the most coveted real estate instruction this year, advising the Wood Wharf Partnership on its £2bn Docklands regeneration project. MacGregor also advised on the neighbouring Canary Wharf development before he defected from Clifford Chance to BLP in October 2004. The mandate on Wood Wharf will […]

Lovells surges ahead in student pay race

Lovells has trumped its rivals by hiking both Graduate Diploma of Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) maintenance grants to £7,450 for students in London. Meanwhile GDL students outside of London are also set to benefit with Lovells raising their grants to £6,450. The decision will take effect from September 2006. Lovells told The […]

Harbottles partner wins EMI top job

Harbottle & Lewis’s head of music Antony Bebawi has scooped a new role as the head of legal affairs at EMI Music Publishing. The firm will restructure after his departure, bringing together James Sully, who also heads up its music group, with specialist partner in interactive, media and games, Sebastian Belcher. Belcher and Sully will […]

Gibson Dunn nets £470m gas sale

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher advised long-standing client, First Reserve Corp on the £470m sale of UK natural gas producer Caledonia to German power company Eon. Caledonia’s 14bn cubic metres of reserves and pipeline shares were acquired for cash and assumed debt by Eon, which has also expressed interest in acquiring ScottishPower. The London office of […]

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