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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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Magic circle duo Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have bagged the leading roles on the sale of RBS’s UAE retail banking business to Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB). The $100m (£67m) deal marks the first time a local UAE bank has bought an international bank’s retail arm. Freshfields acted for ADCB, fielding a team led […]

A&O beefs up Sydney office with Mallesons hire

Allen & Overy (A&O) has boosted its fledgling Australia practice with the hire of a competition partner from local firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques. Dave Poddar will join the firm’s Sydney office and will be the first competition partner among an 18-partner team. A&O opened in Australia earlier this year with the hire of 17 partners, […]

Double standards

First it was on, then it was off, then it was on again: Mayer Brown and Simmons are doing a bit of a Burton-Taylor, but with a tad less flouncing. So now we know that the two really are serious about each other, let’s have a look at the logic behind the talks. As is […]

Pillsbury beefs up New York with 14-lawyer Nixon Peabody team

Pillsbury has strengthened its New York office with the hire of 14 lawyers from Nixon Peabody. The group includes Mats Carlston, previously head of global finance at Nixon Peabody and a former co-leader of the firm’s global strategies initiative. Carlston has joined as head of Pillsbury’s leveraged finance team along with four other partners. Pillsbury […]

Shepherd & Wedderburn posts 11 per cent revenue drop

Scottish firm Shepherd & Wedderburn increased profits by 9 per cent in the 2009-10 financial year despite revenues dropping by 11 per cent. The 98 per cent of staff who took a one-off period of unpaid leave – a cost-saving measure introduced last year – are also set for a loyalty payback in which they […]

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