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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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Europe’s competition watchdogs went into hyperdrive as 2005 drew to climactic end. The European Commission charged Microsoft with failing to comply with its antitrust ruling of 2004. The move outraged Microsoft lawyers, who complained that the regulator continued to move the goalposts. EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes found that Microsoft had supplied incomplete and inaccurate […]

Winston boss set to appeal judge’s ruling in wage row

A senior partner of US firm Winston & Strawn is to appeal a ruling by a Manhattan judge, which dismissed most of his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the firm. Anthony LoFrisco, 73, who is still a partner in the New York office of Winston, has been attempting to sue the firm for millions of dollars in […]

Linklaters in merger talks with Giliberti

Linklaters has entered merger discussions with leading Milan-based M&A boutique Giliberti Pappalettera Triscornia e Associati in its efforts to re-enter the Italian market following its split from long-term Italian ally Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners. According to well-placed sources, the magic circle firm is planning to hold preliminary discussions with the seven-partner Italian independent with […]

De Brauw top dog gives up board role

Jaap de Keijzer, the managing partner of Dutch heavyweight De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, has stood down from the board to be succeeded by litigation head Mark Biesheuvel.

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