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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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Quindell extends exclusivity period for Slater & Gordon takeover bid

Aim-listed ABS Quindell has extended the exclusivity period relating to Slater & Gordon’s potential acquisition of its professional services division to 31 March 2015. The latest statement comes amid speculation that following a due diligence process Slater & Gordon offered just £700m for the company’s legal services division, despite a top-end price tag of £1bn. […]

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Divisional court refers Rosneft sanctions case to EU courts of justice

A case brought by Russian oil giant Rosneft against the UK Government, challenging the legality of the EU sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, is to go to Europe following a High Court ruling. Sitting in the Divisional Court, Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Green referred the case to the Courts of […]

New partner for Eversheds El Heni in Tunisia

The Tunisian office of Eversheds, Eversheds El Heni, has made Emna Louati a partner. Louati has experience in advising local and international companies in areas of business law including M&A, privatisations, competition, IP and IT, and in connection with strategic, complex and cross-border project finance and restructuring transactions.

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Novae Group appoints RSA lawyer as first group general counsel

Insurance underwriter Novae Group has appointed Alexandra Moon as its first-ever group general counsel. The move will also see her join Novae Group’s executive committee, reporting into its chief executive Matthew Fosh.  Novae Group, which has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1998, is a specialist Lloyds insurer.  Moon joined on 2 February […]

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