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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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Addleshaw Goddard accelerates City growth plan

Addleshaw Goddard is aiming to strengthen its London projects practice with the addition of a new partner. Richard Guit will boost the number of partners in the City group to seven when he moves to Addleshaw Goddard from CMS Cameron McKenna in June. Nationally the firm has 10 full time PFI and projects partners. The […]

Ireland life

Ireland is seeking to build on its R&D success as a European leader in life sciences manufacturing. Tom Maher and Catherine Galvin report A recently published report by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, entitled ‘EU Enlargement – Driving Change in the European Life Sciences Industry’, reinforced Ireland’s attraction as a location for life sciences manufacturing, […]

Travers Smith strengthens IPO standing

Travers Smith Braithwaite is consolidating its position at the forefront of the initial public offering (IPO) market, after advising on one of the first main market IPOs of the year, that of longstanding client Pinewood Shepperton. Pinewood Shepperton’s placing was oversubscribed at the offer price of 180 pence, giving the company a market capitalisation of […]

Haarmann divides legal and audit

Haarmann Hemmelrath is to split its legal and tax division from audit to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and German legislation. The policy will be implemented at the end of the firm’s financial year. The move follows a year and a half of turmoil for accountancy-tied firms in Germany. Haarmann has also lost seven more […]

Is anybody there?

You can complain to Ofcom about anticompetitive practice if you like, but will it take any notice? Robbie Downing investigates In the flurry of consultations that Ofcom kicked off to celebrate its birth last year, it would be easy to overlook the draft guidelines on handling complaints about anticompetitive conduct. The consultation deals only with […]

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