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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been instructed to advise Tesco as the retailer fights a fine of £10m imposed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over alleged price-fixing. Tesco has two months to lodge an appeal through the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the OFT’s fine for price-fixing in the cheese market in 2002 and 2003. […]

Bakers and Freshfields advise on Cargill’s €1.5bn Provimi deal

Baker & McKenzie and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have lined up to take top roles in Cargill’s planned €1.5bn ($2.14bn) acquisition of global animal nutrition company Provimi from private equity firm Permira. The proposed acquisition is tipped to create a global leader in animal nutrition and will include Provimi’s worldwide business with operations in 26 countries […]

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Iceland is making a glacial recovery after the devastating 2008 financial crisis. Dale McEwan reports Few discussions on Iceland can dodge the country’s financial crisis of 2008. The collapse of the three big commercial banks – Glitnir, Kaupthing and Landsbanki – continues to occupy ­column inches. But according to Iceland’s law firms, there are signs […]

Simmons’ NQ retention rate dives to 59 per cent

Simmons & Simmons’ newly qualified retention rate has plummeted to just 59 per cent. The top 20 law firm is keeping 10 out of 17 trainee solicitors, after making 12 offers to the 16 qualifying trainees that chose to engage in the process. This represents a drop from last year’s retention rate for September 2010, […]

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Leading chambers are learning to live with rate pressures and demands for more direct access, says Katy Dowell  As London’s top sets ride the litigation boom they are also ­having to face up to the realities of working in a changed commercial environment, where economic pressures are more intense than ever. Growth has slowed […]

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