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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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LinkedIn has hired former Yahoo general counsel Michael Callahan to head the global professional networking site’s legal function. Callahan will take on the mantle of vice president, general counsel and secretary on 28 July, reporting into the company’s CEO Jeff Weiner.  The California-based lawyer joins LinkedIn from online real estate agent Auction.com, where he has […]

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Palamon buys majority stake in Simplify Legal Group

QualitySolicitors’ owner Palamon Capital Partners has acquired an undisclosed majority shareholding in Simplify Legal Group. Recently-established Simplify operates a business-to-business model and comprises conveyancing firms Move With Us and DC Law, and the probate specialist Chorus Law. The move is the latest extension of pan-European investor Palamon’s reach into the legal market. The private equity […]

DLA Piper’s John Whitaker features in list of top 50 development lawyers

John Whitaker, a partner in DLA Piper’s real-estate practice in Los Angeles, has been named to the Daily Journal’s 2014 list of Top Development, Land Use and Municipal Infrastructure Lawyers. The list recognises the top 50 attorneys in California whose work in the real-estate development sector has had an impact on projects that are helping to shape […]

Gateley makes key Birmingham office promotions

Gateley has made promotions that span the firm’s banking and finance, commercial dispute resolution, construction, corporate, corporate recovery, employment, real estate, residential development and commerce, technology and media teams. They include seven promotions to associate, seven to senior associate and two to legal director.

Conyers advises on the offering of $275m 8.50 per cent senior notes due 2022

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda advice to Viking Cruises Ltd in connection with the offering of $275m (£164m) aggregate principal amount of its 8.50 per cent senior notes. These will be issued as additional notes under the indenture together with the $250m aggregate principal amount of existing 8.50 per cent senior notes due 2022, issued on 19 […]

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