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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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Lovells helps East End council tenants avoid eviction

Lovells has strengthened its relationship with key client Barclays, teaming up with the bank to provide council home residents with last-minute help to prevent eviction. Together with Barclays’ financial inclusion team, the City firm has donated £51,000 to the Bow County Court Advice Network (BCCAN). The funds are being used to provide housing debt advice […]

DLA Phillips Fox goes live

Australian firm Phillips Fox officially comes under the DLA Piper banner today, rebranding the firm as DLA Phillips Fox. The firm becomes an official member of the DLA Piper Group – a collection of firms which share the DLA Piper brand and access to the global network, but remain financially independent and self-governing. The tie […]

Drinker Biddle and Gardner Carton merge

Philadelphia-headquartered firm Drinker Biddle & Reath and Chicago-based firm Gardner Carton & Douglas have become the latest in a long list of mid-market US firms to merge in recent months. The merger will be effective from 1 January 2007. It will create a top 70 firm with 677 lawyers spread across 12 US offices. Its […]

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While most delegates chose to stick with traditional black tie garb for the gala dinner that concluded events, respect must go to Chubb general counsel Ranald Munro. Ever the dapper dresser, Munro turned up clad from top to toe in red clan tartan trousers and waistcoat. One way of standing out from the crowd.

Weil gifts HG Capital work to Campbell Hooper

London firm Campbell Hooper received “the crumbs off Weil Gotshal [& Manges’] table”, according to Campbell Hooper chairman Martin Wright, by advising new client HG Capital on an asset disposal of a manufacturing company in which it had a controlling interest. Wright, who led the deal, explained that the firm scored its first instruction off […]

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