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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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Last Cawthra Feather

Last Cawthra has boosted its Bradford office with a local takeover Last Cawthra Feather recently acquired the Bradford office of Ralph C Yablon, adding two partners to its number (The Lawyer, 5 November). Managing partner Simon Stell says: “Ralph C Yablon was coming to the end of its lease, wasn’t filling the space and we […]

Matthew Arnold wins StepStone job

Watford-based Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has scooped a high-profile instruction. The firm has been retained by BDO Stoy Hayward, liquidators of online recruitment agency StepStone.co.uk.StepStone.co.uk hit the headlines late last year when parent company, Norway’s StepStone ASA, announced that it would no longer provide financial support for its UK operation. StepStone.co.uk was subsequently put into […]

Linklaters leads Investec into new DLC structure

Linklaters has advised niche investment bank Investec on a new dual-listed structure. It will allow the South African company access to the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and new sources of international finance.Although Linklaters has worked on several dual-listed mergers this year, this particular one is groundbreaking. Previously, dual-listed company (DLC) structures have been used when […]

A true calling

Michelle Foster, head of legal for Symbian, a joint venture between fierce mobile phone rivals, is surprisingly contented for someone in such a high-pressure role. Fiona Callister reports

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