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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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Winston pinpoints DC, Houston as Howrey talks reach climax

Chicago-based firm homes in on 40 per cent of remaining partners and acquisition of brand rights Winston & Strawn is finalising plans to take over Howrey’s Washington DC and Houston teams while also ­negotiating purchasing the rights to the troubled firm’s brand. Winston’s partnership is due to vote on plans to acquire up to 40 […]

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Howrey left with one City partner as Kirkland swoops

Howrey’s London office has been reduced to only five lawyers following the departure of partner Shaun Goodman and counsel Sarah Jordan to Kirkland and Ellis’s City base. The pair specialise in EU and UK competition law, including cartel investigations, mergers and antitrust. They have worked with big-name clients such as British Airways and American Express. […]

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SNR Denton’s Africa capability extends to 22 states with Portuguese alliance

SNR Denton has added 10 firms to its Africa ­network, bringing its total number of tie-ups on the continent to 21. Including its own Cairo office, the firm now has a toehold in 22 of Africa’s 54 countries. Five of the 10 new ­relationships have come via a new alliance between SNR Denton and Portuguese player F Castelo Branco & Associados Sociedade de […]

Cleary, Slaughters act on Diageo’s Mey Icki purchase

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Slaughter and May took the leading advisory roles on Diageo’s £1.3bn acquisition of ­Turkish spirits producer Mey Icki last week. The target, Turkey’s largest spirits company with net sales of £300m, was previously owned by private equity houses TPG Capital and Actera. Slaughters acted for ­longstanding client Diageo, with a team featuring corporate partner Kathy Hughes, tax partner […]

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