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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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Ashursts client Peter Black picks Eversheds after MBO

Eversheds has snatched Peter Black Holdings from Ashurst Morris Crisp after advising on one of the UK’s largest public-to-private deals this year. A 10-strong Eversheds team, led by corporate partner Robert Pitcher, is acting on the £223m management buyout (MBO) of Peter Black through newco Beltpacker, led by a team comprising five directors, including chairman […]

Tornado

This is Taylor Joynson Garrett’s second deal for technology company Tornado. Its first was when Tornado instructed the firm to act on its February AIM flotation. Choosing a law firm was aided by the fact that Tornado’s managing director and co-founder Ian Watson is a lawyer – he was previously head of corporate at Sheridans […]

Slaughters attacks technology market

Slaughter and May caves in to sector specialisation; radical marketing drive to target e-commerce clients Slaughter and May has initiated a practice group focusing on new economy work in an extraordinary departure from the firm’s traditional approach of avoiding a sector-based structure. For the first time, corporate partners with a particular interest in new economy […]

North West merger called off

The two North West firms, which have been in talks since April, have abandoned plans of a link-up due to an internal restructuring at Weightmans. In a joint statement, David Wareing, managing partner at Hill Dickinson, says: “Weightmans is in the process of restructuring and in these circumstances moving on to the next of discussions […]

Sullivans hires Stibbe partner

The Paris office of Dutch law firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot is losing a corporate partner to US firm Sullivan & Cromwell. Richard Vilanova is leaving the 30-partner practice to join Sullivan & Cromwell’s small Paris office. He specialises in asset financing and capital markets and already does the French component of financing projects for […]

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