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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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Clifford Chance stems partner outflow with lateral

Clifford Chance has made a rare hire in the US, taking on a former deputy assistant director from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). James Hart Holden joins the firm’s Washington DC office from serving at the FTC for 14 years where, most recently, he served as deputy assistant director at the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, […]

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Matheson Ormsby Prentice (George Brady) acted for Precinct Investments on its e113m (£75.2m) recommended offer, made through Deloitte Corporate Investments, to acquire the entire share capital of Gresham Matheson Ormsby Prentice (George Brady) acted for Precinct Investments on its €113m (£75.2m) recommended offer, made through Deloitte Corporate Investments, to acquire the entire share capital of […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna knows a bandwagon when it spots one. Not content with joining the ‘Speak Plain English’ lobby, the firm has corralled author-of-the-moment Lynne Truss to help spread the word to its legions of poorly punctuating professionals. The so-called “high priestess of punctuation” and author of the million-selling handbook on all things comma-related, Eats, […]

A&O faces fresh conflict storm with dual bid role

Law Society okays A&O to advise bidder and target on KKR deal; Morley made the call for clearance Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley personally contacted the Law Society to get clearance to act for both bidder and target on a public deal in the Netherlands. Private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & […]

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