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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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A&O and Linklaters wrap up German telecoms financing

Magic circle rivals Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters & Alliance have together completed one of the biggest telecoms financings of the year. In a German deal, A&O advised E-Plus and its major shareholder KPN Mobile on a euro2.5bn (£1.54bn) non-recourse facility to refinance its existing project financing and to provide finance for further network […]

News in brief

Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner Keith Godfrey has died unexpectedly while he was on holiday with his family. Godfrey, who was 50, joined A&O as an articled clerk in 1974. He qualified in the corporate department and became a partner in 1981. He specialised in corporate finance and general corporate work and was relationship […]

Christopher Morcom QC

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report on the competitiveness of the professions has sparked much debate recently. It can be added to a list of issues now confronting lawyers, including barristers. The relative merits of the individual debates aside, what is clear is that the competitive landscape for barristers is changing fundamentally. While mixed-profession […]

Murray-Jones joins Skadden Arps

Lovells’ highly-rated corporate finance partner Allan Murray-Jones is joining the London office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom to spearhead a move into private equity. Murray-Jones, who resigned from Lovells at the start of the year, will join Skadden Arps in September to launch a European assault on the buyouts market. Until now, the […]

Plan for future

Margaret Casely-Hayford, a planning partner at Denton Wilde Sapte who represented a developer in one of the cases, likens the scene to “one of those wonderful paintings you see of a 19th century courtroom, with barristers falling off the edge of the benches” and instructing solicitors “perched” on the benches behind. But where does the […]

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