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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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Herbies scoops Lehman’s Mifid expert

Herbert Smith has hired a senior lawyer from Lehman Brothers as a non-contentious regulatory specialist for the firm’s growing financial services regulatory (FSR) practice. Patrick Buckingham is currently european regulatory counsel at Lehman. He joined Lehman in 2004 after six years at Clifford Chance, having qualified with Slaughter and May. Herbert Smith partner Martyn Hopper, […]

German trio boosts Lovells litigation team

Lovells has boosted its dispute resolution team in Germany with the hire of a team from German independent Aderhold von Dalwigk Knüppel. Partner Jürgen Witte, counsel Kim Mehrbrey and at least one associate will join Lovells’ Düsseldorf office, boosting the practice to more than 40 lawyers in Germany. Witte said he joined Lovells for a […]

Lovells outdoes Becks’ appeal

The Lawyer’s thanks go out once again to Lovells for its annual press bash, thrown last Wednesday (6 June). All the usual crew were in attendance, with David Harris bigging up the firm’s new Dubai hires, including Islamic finance head Rahail Ali. But Tulkinghorn was interested to learn that the backbone of the new office […]

Bakers and Links bullish on Ferrexpo IPO

Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters are confident that the London IPO of Ukrainian iron ore company Ferrexpo will go ahead despite legal wranglings in Moscow. Bakers is advising the company on its listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), which is hoping to raise $440m-$550m (£223.26m-£279.07m) to become the first Ukrainian company on the main […]

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