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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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Harper Macleod offers low rates to clients’ employees

Scottish firm Harper Macleod has launched an innovative benefits package aimed at offering employees of the firm’s key clients a range of services at discounted rates. The new scheme, known as ’employee plus’, offers staff who are employed by Harper Macleod’s clients and their spouses a wide range of services at privileged fee rates, ranging […]

Holman scores ship finance team

Holman Fenwick & Willan has hired a partner and two assistants from Stephenson Harwood to develop its ship finance practice. John Forrester, who was a partner at both Stephenson Harwood and legacy firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley, joins with assistants Ruth Allcoat and Adam Shire. His clients include some of the world’s largest ship finance […]

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There’s no ART to insurance The departure of David Page from Clyde & Co is a tacit admission by the Eastcheap firm that it will no longer target the structured finance end of the insurance business. Clyde & Co officially says there was no disagreement, but a memo seen by The Lawyer makes it clear […]

Slaughters scoops Goldman bid for ISS

Slaughter and May is advising Goldman Sachs Capital Partners on a Nordic private equity bid following a major charm offensive with the house. The magic circle firm is advising Goldman, a member of the PurusCo consortium, on its €2.97bn (£2.03bn) public bid for Danish cleaning company ISS. Slaughters has advised Goldman on several previous deals […]

Herbies bags Fortune’s Allied Domecq purchase

Herbert Smith has won its first instruction from Fortune Brands, the US group that has teamed up with Pernod Ricard to take over Allied Domecq. It is understood that the mandate came following a US referral. Allied Domecq is being advised by Linklaters, while Pernod Ricard has instructed longstanding adviser Macfarlanes. Allied Domecq has a […]

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