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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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Adding to a number of firsts the Wellcome Trust is now leading the way with the first charity bond issue. Lorraine Cushnie reports The Wellcome Trust is used to breaking records. As the UK’s largest charity, it has often blazed a trail. This year the Wellcome Trust added another first to its name when it […]

Herbies lands deal for CLSA as Indonesia hots up

Herbert Smith has landed the underwriter role on the first major international IPO to originate out of Indonesia in three years. Herbert Smith’s Singapore office, together with associated Indonesian firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (HBT), advised Credit Agricole’s Asian investment banking arm CLSA as coordinator, bookrunner and underwriter on the IPO of Indonesian construction company […]

BLP sees gambling sector as a good bet

All the furore and scandal currently surrounding online gambling might give some lawyers a few moments’ pause before continuing to act in the sector. It certainly did for Mischon de Reya, which got cold feet and dumped troubled BetonSports as a client early in the year. But it hasn’t been enough to stop some firms. […]

De Beers reshuffle gifts DLA Piper extra work

De Beers has bucked the trend of companies bringing employment law in-house by outsourcing its work to DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary after the diamond company reshuffled its in-house capability. Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has also benefited from De Beers’ move to widen its network of external advisers, with the firm now being used for […]

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