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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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Wachtell lands massive M&A hat trick

After snagging a role advising Disney on its defence of Comcast’s hostile takeover bid, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz can boast a role on all three of the bumper deals that are rocking the US M&A market. In addition to its vigorous defence of Disney, Wachtell is advising AT&T Wireless on its sale to Cingular […]

Landwell given cutoff date by SEC

Landwell’s global legal network has been given a deadline of 30 June by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this year to stop working for Price-waterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) SEC-registered audit clients. Heussen, the firm’s German practice (previously PwC Veltins) is to quit the network almost two months short of this date on 6 May. The […]

Radcliffes partner exodus mounts as two heads quit

Westminster firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur has lost two departmental heads – making a total of three partners this year. This means that the firm has lost four department heads in the past 15 months. Head of commercial dispute resolution (CDR) and executive board member Paul Clements has joined City practice Rooks Rider as the head of commercial […]

Lovells solves Madrid question with Cuatrecasas corporate star

Lovells has solved its Spanish problem with the recruitment of Cuatrecasas’ Madrid head of corporate Jose Maria Balana de Eguia, who will open a Madrid office for the firm. Balana will formally resign from Cuatrecasas, Herbert Smith’s best friend next week. He and Lovells have a list of partners at top Spanish firms whom they […]

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