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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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Hunton treads different path in London

US firms are hardly famed for their UK real estate and litigation practices. London managing partner Bob Goldspink has a healthy litigation team at Morgan Lewis & Bockius and former Richards Butler partner Lista Cannon took her busy contentious litigation practice to Fulbright & Jaworski, but her presence alone will not concern market leader Herbert […]

Banks turn to Lovells Dubai for major Saudi sukuk

A TEAM from Lovells’ Dubai office has closed its first major deal since the firm opened in the emirate in May. The firm’s global head of Islamic finance Rahail Ali led a team advising a consortium of banks on a $1bn (£490m) sukuk for Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company. Senior associate Imran Mufti […]

Lovells guides Axa through motor insurance securitisation

Lovells has strengthened its ties with insurance company Axa by advising on its latest securitisation. The Lovells team, led by capital markets practice area head Sharon Lewis, advised the firm and its French, German, Italian and Spanish subsidiaries on the €450m (£302m) securitisation of Axa’s pan-European motor insurance portfolio. Lovells first advised Axa in 2005 […]

Trowers chief dismisses new Middle East competition

Trowers & Hamlins senior partner Jonathan Adlington has dismissed claims that top City firms launching in the Middle East pose a threat to the firm’s own local practice. Adlington made the bullish statement in the July edition of The Lawyer Podcast, which is a radio-style programme available on the internet. It is available to listen […]

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