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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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Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has added to its German capabilities with the hire of a litigation partner from Baker & McKenzie in Frankfurt. Mathias Wittinghofer becomes the fourth partner at HSF in Germany, following the firm’s launch in Frankfurt last April (13 February 2013). He is the first litigator to join the firm in Germany […]

Private equity update: restrictive covenants and penalty clauses

Buyers of businesses are often anxious about what the sellers will do after completion of a deal. Where proprietors have already built up a successful business (particularly one based largely on personal contacts) and sold it, it is clearly possible that they may want to repeat the success. This would mean competition for the original […]

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax: a new Scottish property transactions tax

Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is to be replaced in Scotland by a new tax known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). LBTT is being introduced under the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013, and will come into effect on 1 April 2015, irrespective of the results of the independence referendum. […]

DLA Piper advises directors on acquisition of Bryan G Hall Ltd from Bryan Hall

DLA Piper has advised the directors of Bryan G Hall Consulting Civil and Transportation Planning Engineers, Stuart Wilkins and David Bell, on their acquisition of Bryan G Hall Ltd from Bryan Hall. Bryan G Hall Consulting Civil and Transportation Planning Engineers, based in Leeds and London, is a specialist practice that operates throughout the UK […]

Could you benefit from the patent box?

Businesses do not always apply to patent their inventions. They may consider the cost to be prohibitive and trust their ability to keep the invention secret. Alternatively, they may consider technological developments in their sector to be so fast moving that there is no point in patenting. Or reliance may be placed on other intellectual […]

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