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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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Herbert Smith in CIT property scoop

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CC Italy: Chessa quits for Standard & Poor's

Clifford Chance’s joint managing partner for Italy Luigi Chessa is to join Standard & Poor’s in Italy as a consultant However, speculation is rife in the Italian market that the securitisation star will subsequently join a US firm, with Sidley Austin Brown & Wood foremost in the frame. Chessa is understood to have had extensive […]

Shearman becomes Levi's top adviser

Shearman & Sterling has replaced New York corporate powerhouse Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz as the main legal adviser to Levi Strauss

Brobeck spurred to financial overhaul

Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is racing to resolve its huge debt burden after demands to reduce its liabilities from potential merger partner Morgan Lewis & Bockius Brobeck is believed to have stemmed all profit distribution for the first three months of the year and instead has redirected income to Citibank in a move to pay […]

Maitland Chambers posts record £20m in turnover

Maitland Chambers has posted a 42 per cent increase in turnover in 2002, after its launch just two years ago The commercial chancery set, established in 2000 by the merger of 7 Stone Buildings and 13 Old Square, recorded a turnover of £20.6m for the 2002 calendar year, compared with £14.5m in each of the […]

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