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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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In brief: Conditional fees explained at seminar

Central Law Training is holding a seminar – ‘Conditional fees: costs in personal injury cases’ – in London later this month. The seminar, to be held on 31 May, will include an address from Tony Girling, recently named as the Law Society’s choice for deputy vice president in its forthcoming elections. Girling, who sits as […]

Finance

Travers Smith Braithwaite acted for Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale as arranger and agent in connection with a syndicated £125 million five-year term loan facility to Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. McKenna & Co acted on behalf of the society. The facility comprised a £115 million sterling tranche and a £10 million eurosterling tranche. The aim of […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell is a barrister and legal editor of Lawtel, the on-line legal database. Born in London in 1956, he still lives in the city. What was your first job? DJ. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £20 a week as a gofer to Martin Lampard at Ashursts. What would you have […]

Firms signed up for Warburg deal

Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance are chief legal advisers on the £860 million deal negotiations that would end the independent existence of the leading British investment bank SG Warburg. Swiss Bank Corporation (SBC), the leading Swiss Bank, confirms it has appointed Clifford Chance to advise. While Clifford Chance would not comment, it is understood […]

EYBA hosts conference in Budapest

YOUNG lawyers from around Europe meet in Budapest this week for a major conference. The European Young Bar’s third AGM and conference is the biggest event the group has organised and will play host to delegates from 30 countries. As well as debates like ‘Why young lawyers groups in Central and Eastern Europe are essential’, […]

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