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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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Halliwells: Litigation looms as former partners prepare for action

Former Halliwells fixed share partners are seeking legal advice with a view to suing the firm’s ex-equity partners. One former fixed share partner pointed to “material evidence” of the firm’s minimum cashflow being “overstated” in emails from the equity partners to the fixed share partners, with the information allegedly being used as the basis for […]

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Reed Smith eyes Texas market with potential Thompson & Knight tie-up

US firms Reed Smith and Thompson & Knight have confirmed they are in discussions over a potential merger. It is the second potential US tie-up to be announced in the last week, after Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe revealed they were in discussions over a potential combination (29 September […]

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Crossing the LPO Rubicon

Our report on Slaughter and May setting up a panel of LPO providers seems to be proof that outsourcing is here to stay. When we originally reported Slaughters’ decision to examine the matter (5 October 2009) it was seen by the market as having enormous symbolic importance. I’ve lost count of the number of comments […]

Cravath elects new litigation chief

One of Cravath Swaine & Moore’s longest-serving members of management stood down at the end of last month as part of a wider-ranging shake-up of senior roles at the US firm. Litigation department head Rich Clary, group leader for five years, stood down on 20 September in favour of Sandra Goldstein. Prior to taking over […]

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