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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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Lewis Silkin files Villalba appeal

Lewis Silkin has filed an appeal on behalf of its client Stephanie Villalba, the former investment banker who lost her sex discrimination case against Merrill Lynch in December. The firm had 42 days to appeal against the December decision of the Croydon employment tribunal, which found that Merrill Lynch had not discriminated against Villalba on […]

Gide posts 15 per cent revenue hike as it bolsters London with Cadwalader lateral

French international Gide Loyrette Nouel has posted a revenue rise of 15 per cent for 2004. The firm is also further strengthening its London finance capability with the hire of a tax partner from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. Anthony Davis becomes Gide’s seventh London partner and the first to specialise in tax work. His career […]

The Lawyer global offshore report – Monaco

It is tempting, but incorrect, to group Monaco with the number of ‘offshore’ jurisdictions that offer products and services to individuals or groups situated elsewhere. Monaco is not offshore in the sense that there are no offshore International Business Corporations (IBCs) or similar vehicles available in Monaco. To incorporate a Monaco company, a number of […]

CC in financial U-turn as it dumps $150m placement

Magic circle firm rejects borrowing experiment out of hand; balance sheet benefits to tune of millions Clifford Chance has dramatically abandoned its financial strategy of the last three years and redeemed its entire $150m (£79.6m) private placement in order to return to a more conventional borrowing policy. The move, initiated by chief operating officer David […]

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