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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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Technology, Media and Telecommunications

NetIQ undertakes a stock-for-stock acquisition of WebTrends for $1bn (£683m). NetIQ advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell (William Kelly). WebTrends advised by Perkins Coie. Amarin Corporation acquires Ethyl EPA licence from Laxdale in a cash and paper deal worth $1m (£683,000). Amarin Corporation advised by Nicholson Graham & Jones (Owen Waft). Laxdale advised by Hobson […]

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John Lewis purchases the UK arm of internet retailer buy.com. John Lewis represented by Lovells (Frances Le Grys). Financial adviser Lazards. Buy.com represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Neil Radford). Unilever sells its sauce business to Campbell Soup Company for £633m. Unilever advised by Slaughter and May (Gary Eborn). Financial adviser Goldman Sachs. Campbell Soup Company […]

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Lovells is used to all the ups and downs that come with advising on deals involving an internet company. Prior to this latest transaction, acting for John Lewis on its purchase of the UK arm of transatlantic company buy.com, the company acquired a stake in Last Mile Solutions. John Lewis bought a 40 per cent […]

Gaedertz Munich breaks off to reinstate pre-merger firm

The Munich office of disintegrating law firm Gaedertz is splitting. The news follows the merger of the Cologne office with Norton Rose and the Hamburg office with Latham & Watkins. Local Munich firm Illert Bernstorff Zapp merged with Gaedertz in 1999 but will now demerge. A number of partners will join Norton Rose although the […]

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