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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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Memery Crystal, led by corporate partner Alex Read, is acting for Syndicate Asset Management on a £5m placing and the acquisition of EPIC Investment Partners. Syndicate purchased EPIC and the minority interests in its principal subsidiaries from BRIT Insurance for up to £17.8m in cash, shares, loan notes and a deferred cash consideration. Latham & […]

BLG chief to step down ahead of rejig

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) veteran Kennan Michel is stepping down from his position as managing partner after 15 years. The revelation comes in the wake of a revolution in BLG’s structure. The changes include the introduction of a new chief executive and a bonus pool aimed at modernising one of the City’s most traditional […]

EMI appoints new general counsel

Music giant EMI general counsel Charles Ashcroft has stepped down from his role after 10 years in the company’s top legal position. Ashcroft was replaced by Chris Ancliff, formerly associate general counsel, last month (January) due to health reasons. Ancliff has been tasked with heading EMI’s legal affairs group, reporting directly to chief executive Eric […]

Falconer: Outreach initiatives to boost diversity

Law firms must reach out to school children if Britain wants to have a diverse judiciary, the Lord Chancellor said last week. Speaking at an event hosted at Wragge & Co in Birmingham last Friday (2 February), Lord Falconer of Thoroton said that the profession needs to represent British society, and that law firm outreach […]

Foley, McDermott, Marks & Clerk bring IP know-how to Shanghai

The bustling Shanghai legal market has welcomed three new firms in the past seven days. US firms Foley & Lardner and McDermott Will & Emery and UK patent and trademark attorneys Marks & Clerk have all set up shop, or are in the process of setting up shop, on the Chinese mainland. But rather than […]

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