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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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Lords threat to public defenders

The Lord Chancellor may have to drop his controversial public defenderscheme from the Access to Justice bill if the Lords once again throw outthe offending clause today (Monday).In an impassioned speech to journalists last week, Lord Irvine pledged notto allow “the opposition in an unelected body” to kill off the scheme.The idea has drawn fierce […]

In brief: Clintons

Clintons, the entertainment law firm, has taken on one of the founding partners of US law firm Costello & Joelson. Stephen Joelson, a specialist in international commercial litigation, commercial transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency, joins as a consultant.

New York City Bar cautiously welcomes MDP profit scheme

The New York City Bar has given its qualified support formultidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs).The Bar’s decision follows an American Bar Association (ABA) commission’srecommendation that lawyers should be allowed to share their profits withother professionals in MDPs.The executive committee says the “core values” of lawyers should prevailin an MDP. Its strongest objection is to MDPs providing both […]

A&O gives green light to merger

TheNetherlands operation of Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke – excluding theRotterdam office.Loeffs’ Rotterdam office is joining Dutch tax firm Loyens & Volkmaars.Loyens voted on Thursday (22 July), to accept 26 partners and 65associates from Loeffs.This enabled 35 partners at the Dutch part of Loeffs to announce itsmerger with A&O the following morning.The Belgian arm of […]

Flotation

Allen & Overy represented the State of Israel on the public offering of a 5 per cent stake in Bank Hapoalim on the London Stock Exchange. The offering was managed by Goldman Sachs International

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