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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 anti-suit route

Anti-suit injunctions have become the shipping world’s most useful tool. By Nick Parton Mareva injunctions (freezing injunctions) were invented and refined in the mid-1970s by shipping lawyers and such injunctions remain a formidable weapon in the average shipping lawyer’s armoury. Anton Pillar injunctions (search orders) were invented by IP lawyers, but again shipping lawyers can […]

Olswang guides BBC into digital age

Media specialists Olswang bagged a key role on the switchover from analogue to digital television, advising the BBC on the contractual arrangements for the change in its television services. Media and telecommunications partners Matthew Phillips and Selina Potter led the Olswang team. The firm advised on the renegotiation of the transmission agreements with National Grid […]

Skadden knocked from top spot as M&A tables reveal massive slump

European M&A activity has plummeted in Q3 according to the latest data from mergermarket, dropping to volume levels not seen since Q4 2004. Activity is down some 35 per cent on the same period last year, with a total of €159.8bn worth of deals completed in the quarter, the lowest value level since Q1 2005. […]

Halliwells hires for Sheffield launch

Halliwells has hired DLA Piper partner Steven Fennell to launch its Yorkshire corporate recovery practice. Fennell leaves DLA Piper’s Birmingham office and will be based at his new firm’s office in Sheffield. He commented: “This is a unique opportunity to launch a corporate recovery practice in Yorkshire. We’ll be looking to grow the team and […]

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