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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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Holman settles Exxon appeal for Brandywine

The 15-year saga of litigation ensuing from the Exxon Valdez oil spill has finally come to an end. A Holman Fenwick & Willan team, with counsel Christopher Butcher QC of 7 King’s Bench Walk, has successfully rebutted an appeal against its client, reinsurer Brandywine Re, by Equitas, exonerating it from liability for certain clean-up costs. […]

Willkie team feels blow of Heymann departure

Willkie Farr & Gallagher is reeling after the loss of its Frankfurt managing partner, who has quit the US firm to launch his own practice. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (17 March), outsourcing and private equity star Thomas Heymann is taking European counsel Jens Ekkenga and Lars Lendorf, and a number of associates. There is […]

FTSE 100 in-housers band together to launch GC 100

As risk and corporate governance continue to hold the attention of the legal and financial communities general counsel are moving away from their traditional role of adviser to one of risk manager. General counsel at FTSE 100 companies have responded to the mounting legal regulatory risks to their businesses by forming a new group to […]

Cadwalader raids Norton Rose for London finance push

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is continuing its push into the London finance market with the hire of Norton Rose partner Christian Parker. It is the second major hire for Cadwalader in the space of a week, following the recruitment of Allen & Overy collateralised debt obligation (CDO) specialist Angus Duncan. Earlier this month, the firm […]

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