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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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Conyers advises on the RC Cayman Hotel refinancing of Grand Cayman Ritz-Carlton

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Cayman Islands advice to Cayman Hotel Holdings, a subsidiary of Five Mile Capital Partners (FMC), pertaining to the $130m (£80m) refinancing of the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman property. FMC is an alternative investment and asset management company that specialises in investment opportunities in real estate, debt products, structured finance, asset-based […]

Brave hearts never won fair merger

Simpson Marwick and Kennedys entered merger talks early in the year. But it was a rocky road. First the completion date was postponed, and now both firms have announced the deal is off. Kennedys to merge with Scottish firm Simpson Marwick Kennedys’ Simpson & Marwick merger postponed Kennedys to merge with Gates and Partners this […]

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