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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, Kirkland scoop major roles on Caudwell Group buyout

Herbert Smith scooped the Barclays Capital and ING Bank acquisition finance mandate, while Kirkland & Ellis landed its first UK deal from Providence Equity Partners, with the £1.46bn acquisition of Phones 4U owner The Caudwell Group. On 4 August private equity firm Providence agreed to acquire Caudwell for £1.46bn. Providence then sold the distribution arm to Doughty […]

Labruna expands offering with raids on CC, Linklaters

Italian capital markets boutique Labruna Mazziotti Segni has raided the Italian practices of magic circle firms Linklaters and Clifford Chance to broaden its range of practice areas. The firm hired Clifford Chance real estate specialist Emanuela Molinaro as a partner and Linklaters senior associate Andrea De Matteis as an of counsel to beef up its […]

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One of Tulkinghorn’s scribes recently had the pleasure of an hour’s company with the exquisite Merlie Calvert, top lawyer for diamond company De Beers. But he had his work cut out for him getting to the meet. Whether a remnant of dodgy interior design from yesteryear or, as Tulkinghorn suspects, an intentionally befuddling floor plan, […]

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Merlie Calvert: De Beers

De Beers has found a priceless resource in legal services manager Merlie Calvert. David Middleton reports In a new twist on an old saying, Merlie Calvert is De Beers’ best friend. The 32-year-old manager of legal services (North) for the world’s largest diamond company was named In-house Lawyer of the Year at The Lawyer Awardsin […]

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