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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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Wiggin lands Olswang sports specialist

Media boutique Wiggin has recruited Olswang head of sports Michael Brader as head of corporate. Brader, who has been a corporate partner at Olswang since 1998, is set to join the firm in September. Brader advises clubs, rights holders and sports rights management and investment companies on all forms of fundraising, joint ventures, M&A and […]

Freshfields flies in Segal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ‘s latest lateral hire has raised a few eyebrows. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (28 June), Freshfields announced that insolvency star Nick Segal is flying back to the UK after a three-year stint in the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Segal’s family is understood to have struggled to settle […]

Insolvency

Large-scale insolvencies and restructurings have been largely absent from the UK market over the past few years. However, lawyers working in this area are having to get to grips with a number of new factors that have changed the way they go about their work. Pre-pack administrations have come under criticism lately for being less […]

Freshfields puts brave face on loss of partner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has sought to play down the departure of long-serving Cologne corporate partner Jürgen Sieger, who has left for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. The partner left the magic circle firm after more than 23 years to help drive forward Cleary’s push into the German corporate market. Andreas Fabritius, Freshfields co-head of corporate, […]

Law Society deficit swells to £8m

The Law Society’s annual deficit rose again last year to nearly £8m, its recently published accounts reveal. The society’s income from practising certificate fees, investments and other sources totalled £110m in 2005, up from £103m in 2004. But expenditure rose by a greater amount to £118m from £108.6m the previous year. However, the society’s acquisition […]

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