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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Linklaters and White & Case have landed lead roles on CVC Capital Partners’ planned leveraged buyout (LBO) of tobacco company Altadis. Linklaters, which has an established relationship with the private equity house, is advising CVC on all aspects of the e12.8bn (£8.63bn) bid. The team is being led by Madrid-based partner Alejandro Ortiz. CVC’s preferred […]

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Flint Bishop strikes blow to Tesco’s nascent property site

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It appears there’s a bit of a legal ‘love-in’ going on since Baroness Scotland was appointed attorney general. Scotland, who was a founding member and former head of chambers of 1 Gray’s Inn Square, has received accolades from across the legal profession. Phrases such as ‘talented’, ‘sharp-minded’, ‘a pleasing choice’ and even ‘a great gal’ […]

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