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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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Microsoft legal chief vows to appeal €280.5m Commission fine

The European Commission has fined Microsoft $280.5m (£193.47m) for failing to comply with its 2004 antitrust ruling, which found the computer software giant in breach of competition rules. European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes maintained a hard stance with Microsoft. “Microsoft has still not put an end to its illegal conduct. I have no alternative but […]

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Europe moved a step closer to having a fully integrated patent judiciary this week. The draft European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA) gained momentum after internal markets commissioner Charlie McCreevy gave his support to the proposal. If implemented, it would create a common litigation court. Although trademarks have a pan-European registrar and central court, patents do […]

Lovells rebuilds private equity with White & Case raid

Lovells has raided White & Case as the City firm attempts to rebuild its private equity practice following the departure of star partner Marco Compagnoni and his team earlier this year. Partner Alan Greenough is set to join Lovells in the autumn to succeed Compagnoni as the head of the firm’s private equity practice. Partners […]

Watson Burton sets up shop in Gherkin

North East rising star Watson Burton has chosen its new London premises. North East rising star Watson Burton has chosen its new London premises. The firm will be based at the Swiss Re building, more commonly known as The Gherkin, choosing the London landmark over another shortlisted property on New Broad Street. The firm will […]

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