Supreme Court resolves circuit split on proof of withdrawal from conspiracy: Smith v US

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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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Community Infrastructure Levy: further proposals for reform

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the tax on development that councils can charge to pay for infrastructure, has not always had a certain future, and a succession of reforms has made planning for CIL difficult. The government is now consulting on further proposals for reform, but in doing so has reaffirmed its commitment to CIL, maintaining […]

DLA Piper represents BWF on media rights deal with IMG Media

DLA Piper has represented the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on its appointment of IMG Media for the global exploitation of all media rights for all BWF major events, the BWF World Superseries and BWF Grand Prix Gold. The deal, which comes into effect at the start of the 2014 Superseries cycle, will see BWF’s media-rights […]

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CMS leads for prolific HK tycoon on €940m Dutch waste purchase

Members of the CMS network and Loyens & Loeff have won roles advising on the first major continental European acquisition by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing’s Cheung Kong Group. A CMS team comprising partners and lawyers from the UK and Netherlands advised the consortium led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure (CKI) on its €940m (£800m) acquisition […]

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East Africa: Fuels paradise

East African law firms are benefiting from a boom in natural resources such as oil and gas in the region Around 20 years ago, heads of state from three East African countries – Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – came together for a summit that was the first step on the road to establishing what has […]

Walker Morris launches tracker to map changes in employment law

Walker Morris has launched a legislation tracker to follow changes in the employment law arena. The first half of 2013 has seen many announcements in relation to changes expected. With new information being received almost weekly, Walker Morris’s legislation tracker sets out the changes in chronological order and highlights the headline points together with the […]

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