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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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Winston &Strawn raids Orrick Herrington in NY

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is losing 12 lawyers to the New York office of Chicago-based firm Winston & Strawn – leaving a gaping hole in the firm’s real estate structured finance practice group. The defections, which include three partners and two of counsel, leave just one partner and two assistants working in the New York […]

KPMG takes leading E&Y tax lawyer

KPMG is taking one of the top partners from Ernst & Young’s new associate Washington DC law firm. McKee Nelson Ernst & Young, which set up in November last year as the first tie-up between a big five accountant and a US law firm, is losing leading tax lawyer Tom Wessel. Wessel joined the firm […]

PHARMACEUTICALS

The pharmaceuticals sector has experienced a period of unprecedented consolidation which has impacted on the demands it makes of its external legal advisers. In January, SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome began to arrange a £114bn merger, just weeks before Pfizer and Warner-Lambert announced their £52.1bn merger. This consolidation has led to an increased demand for […]

Sector Overview

It is not just the banks that are getting bigger – everything is. During the past few years the business community has witnessed bigger deals and, in simple terms, the establishment of fewer companies. Consolidation is the word. Industry giants are coming together in multibillion pound deals that are making the multimillion pound deals look […]

Landwell makes move on Hungary through local link

Landwell, the legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, is attacking the Hungarian market by linking up with local firm Dezso Reti & Antall. The alliance, which will allegedly create Hungary’s largest firm, is the accountant’s third foray into eastern Europe after setting up links with firms in Poland and Russia. The Budapest-based firm hopes to boost its […]

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