Property Update — August 2014: planning, energy, construction, noise nuisance and more

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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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Ogier Legal advises Mid Europa on the establishment of Mid Europa Fund IV

Ogier Legal has acted as Guernsey legal adviser to Mid Europa in relation to the establishment of Mid Europa Fund IV, which closed at €800m (£634m). Mid Europa Fund IV is a Guernsey authorised closed-ended investment scheme established primarily to make controlling investments in market-leading companies in central and eastern Europe and Turkey. William Simpson […]

Ogier Legal recruits Ebanks and Carey as article clerks

Ogier in Cayman has announced the appointment of two new articled clerks, Paul Ebanks and John Carey, for an 18-month term. Ebanks completed his Bachelor of Laws degree from Nottingham Law School in 2012 and most recently completed his legal practice course at BPP Law School, Manchester, in 2014. He also holds a Masters in […]

DLA Piper advises Aviva on Stoke-on-Trent extra-care PFI scheme

DLA Piper has advised Aviva on its funding of the Stoke-on-Trent extra-care PFI scheme, which has reached financial close. The £75m capital value project-financed care infrastructure scheme is set to deliver 390 extra-care, sheltered accommodation apartments for the elderly in Stoke-on-Trent and is designed to enable tenants to live an independent life in a socially […]

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Wachtell to pursue Deloitte in HP Autonomy row

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz is to pursue Deloitte on behalf of Hewlett-Packard (HP) in an escalation of the company’s row with software firm Autonomy over its doomed 2011 acquisition. Wachtell partner Marc Wolinsky told a San Francisco court on Monday that the company would sue Deloitte over its auditing of Autonomy’s accounts prior to […]

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