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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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The courts have given guidance on the use of survey evidence in the context of trade mark proceedings. But what about passing off proceedings? A recent High Court decision has shed light on the issue. We described in an earlier article the comments made by the Court of Appeal in Marks & Spencer plc v Interflora on the […]

Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris advise Mobile Tornado on equity placing

Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Mobile Tornado plc on its equity placing to raise £4m. The funds will be raised through a placing of 20,000,000 new shares at 20p per share, subject to a general meeting on 28 August 2013 at the law firm’s offices. Alongside the placing, Mobile Tornado — which specialises in […]

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Addleshaw Goddard enters into a Hong Kong association

Addleshaw Goddard has forged an association with a newly-established Hong Kong firm, which has been launched by Minter Ellison’s head of litigation Nigel Francis and DLA Piper corporate partner Brett Stewien. The association with Stewien & Co, as the firm is branded, will see Francis and Stewien become partners of Addleshaw Goddard, which opened an […]

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US consumer firm Jacoby & Meyers sets out plans for UK ABS

US consumer firm Jacoby & Meyers has enlisted the help of private equity boutique MJ Hudson to move into the UK market, with plans to acquire similar firms in the UK and Europe under an ABS banner. Jacoby & Meyers and MJ Hudson have formed a joint venture, Jacoby & Meyers Europe, which will look […]

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