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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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Punch power

As the UK’s largest pub group, Punch Taverns continues to grow. Company secretary Neil Preston says he’s never been happier with his external firms. Punch Taverns, the leading leased and tenanted pub company, was formed in 1997 by restaurant entrepreneurs Hugh Osmond and Roger Myers when they acquired the original Punch Taverns portfolio of pubs from Bass (formerly 6 […]

Pillsbury sticks with Cranston and Park

Pillsbury Winthrop’s management has received a vote of confidence from the firm’s partnership, which has re-elected its chair and managing partner. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (18 November), Mary Cranston and Marina Park, chair and managing partner respectively, will retain the positions they have held since the merger of New York’s Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts and the West Coast’s […]

Did the earth moooove?

The award for the most gruesome story of the week goes to a general counsel who, perhaps not surprisingly, preferred to remain anonymous. Apparently, during a recent meeting at the British Board of Film Censors, hardcore pornography was on the agenda. Even porn needs classifying and, like most things these days, the hunt was on […]

Taylor Wessing appoints new real estate head

Taylor Wessing’s head of Real Estate John Whitfield is to step down at the end of this year. He will be replaced by real estate partner Adam Marks who joined the firm from West End firm Walsh Lawson in 1999. The real estate practice has developed considerably in Whitfield’s seven year tenure, most notably taking […]

Aknin’s shock departure opens can of worms at Linklaters Paris

Paris private equity star’s move to Weil should serve as a wake-up call, says Dearbail Jordan Linklaters Paris” />Just when things seem to be going right, along comes a big, fat fly to land in your ointment. The departure of Linklaters’ Paris private equity star David Aknin to Weil Gotshal & Manges (The Lawyer, 3 November) has […]

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