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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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C&I Group establishes group for City bank lawyers

The Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group is ­setting up a sub-group aimed at providing support for London-based in-house banking lawyers. The group is being set up in the wake of the financial crisis to provide a support, training and lobbying ­function for the C&I Group’s banking lawyers. “There are many pressures on in-house counsel at banks in terms of […]

A&O and Linklaters take on Schaeffler debt restructure

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have played key roles in the restructuring of German company Schaeffler’s debt, paving the way for the ball-bearing producer to merge with auto-parts manufacturer Continental. A&O was handed the mandate from Schaeffler thanks to a longstanding relationship between the company and A&O Düsseldorf partner Rolf Koerfer. Known as one of ­Germany’s leading […]

A claim of two halves

The Radmacher case heard in the Court of Appeal, which accepted the viability of a prenup against the ruling of the first instance judge, appears to have allowed for an incursion of foreign law into English courts. By Henry Brookman Katrin Radmache In July one of Germany’s richest women, Katrin Radmacher, claimed victory in her […]

Postcard from… Cyprus

Cyprus is easy to visit and hard to leave; when I arrived just under two and a half years ago I never planned to spend more than six months or so on the island before heading back to London. However, as with so many people before me, Cyprus grew on me quickly and I decided […]

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