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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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DCLG ‘needs to clarify’ town centre neighbourhood plan rules, says No5 Chambers

Tim Jones, member of No5 Chambers’ planning and environment group and neighbourhood plan examiner, spoke at Planning’s Neighbourhood Plans and Community Engagement Conference in London.  He said the Department for Communities and Local Government needs to provide better advice on who is allowed to vote in referenda for neighbourhood plans that cover town centres. He said: “Examiners […]

Conyers Dill & Pearman advises AXIS Capital on its merger with PartnerRe

Conyers Dill & Pearman is advising AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd on its $11bn (£7.3bn) merger of equals with PartnerRe Ltd. The transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of 2015, is structured as an amalgamation under Bermuda law and is subject to shareholder approval, regulatory clearance and customary closing conditions. Upon completion […]

Eversheds appoints three new partners in banking, international trade and transport

Eversheds has expanded its Switzerland team with the appointment of three new partners in the areas of banking, international trade, transport and insurance. Patrick Eberhardt is an expert in international trade finance and advises banks, commodities traders, inspection agencies, logistic companies and insurers in contentious and non-contentious matters. As in-house counsel at the leading investment bank BNP […]

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