Government consults on proposals designed to improve cashflow for small businesses

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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 and Skadden advise on Ball Corporation’s £4.3bn bid for UK rival Rexam

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have won roles advising on the proposed merger of the world’s two largest drinks can manufacturers.  The deal would see US-based Ball Corporation acquire its British rival Rexam for £4.3bn. The transaction is expected to raise significant antitrust issues, and the offer features notable break […]

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Wragges’ investment funds team has advised Gabelli Value Plus Trust on a fundraising worth £100m. Gabelli Value Plus is a new investment trust that will invest predominately in equity securities of US companies, deploying its investment manager’s proprietary Private Market Value with a Catalyst methodology. The assets are managed by Gabelli Funds, a New York-based investment […]

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Fried Frank wins CVC as private equity client thanks to hires of White and Oates

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has advised on a first-time mandate for private equity house CVC Capital Partners, following a number of strategic lateral hires. The firm advised the London-based private equity giant on its acquisition of software company Wireless Logic from ECI Partners.  The debut instruction for Fried Frank follows its hire of […]

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