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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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Government report slams employment tribunals

Employment tribunals are “too costly and complex” and make “inconsistent decisions”, according to a government report. Commissioned by Secretary of State Alistair Darling in December 2006, Michael Gibbons’ review of the employment dispute resolution system highlighted a number of problems. He noted that more should be done to help employers and employees resolve more disputes […]

KKR retreats from Sainsbury’s deal

US private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has pulled out of the CVC-led consortium that is mulling an £9.5bn offer for J Sainsbury, the UK’s third-largest supermarket. The Clifford Chance-advised consortium now comprises Blackstone and Texas Pacific Group, as well as longstanding Clifford Chance client CVC. The three private equity houses now have until […]

CMS makes up first non-equity partners

CMS Cameron McKenna has reversed its poor showing of promotions last year, making up 10 to its partnership. This year’s new partners will be the first to be voted into the non-equity tier that was introduced earlier this year (see The Lawyer, 25 January) after a three-year strategic review. The firm scrapped its all-equity partnership […]

Belgian-Japanese strength wins Takeda for A&O

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) Tokyo office has sourced a valuable Japanese client, which the firm has just advised on its first European acquisition. A&O advised Japan’s largest pharmaceutical company Takeda on its purchase of unlisted UK company Paradigm. London-based corporate partner Anna Buscall led the team at A&O alongside IP partner Colleen Keck and Kenneth […]

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