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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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Flotations

Henmans advised computer component repairer CRC Group on its £3m placing and flotation on AIM. Edge & Ellison acted for the nominated adviser Smith & Williamson and the nominated broker Neilson Cobbold.

Historic West Country practices to merge

Two West Country practices which both date back to the mid-eighteenth century are to merge. Battens, which is the larger of the two firms, will join forces with Poole & Co on 1 January. The new 26-partner-strong operation will be called Battens. The merged practice will work out of two offices in Yeovil and Crewkerne […]

In brief: Flemings creates post for Geoffrey Howe

Geoffrey Howe, who steps down after 10 years as managing partner of Clifford Chance next year will become general counsel and a director of merchant bank Robert Fleming. Flemings said the post of general counsel has been created for him.

NatWest wants US practices as tenants

The NatWest is in negotiations with a number of US law firms interested in taking several floors of its newly-renamed International Financial Centre, the tallest building in the City. Ashurst Morris Crisp has been advising NatWest on leasing the tower, which was closed three years ago following damage caused by an IRA bomb. A NatWest […]

In brief: Kemp & Co recruits from McGrigor Donald

Richard Kemp (pictured right) launched his law firm Kemp & Co this week and has already recruited two-year qualified McGrigor Donald intellectual property assistant Kenneth Mullen from Glasgow. Kemp, until last week the head of IP/IT at Garretts, has opened the doors of his new office above Saddlers Hall near St Pauls in the City.

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