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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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Arnold & Porter picks NY chief

US firm Arnold & Porter has chosen a successor to longstanding New York managing partner John Willett. Senior environmental lawyer Mike Gerrard takes over from Willett, who has served 10 years as the firm’s New York managing partner. Arnold & Porter’s New York office now has 86 lawyers, making it the second biggest opertation in […]

Lovells says yes to LLP conversion

Lovells has voted to convert to an English limited liability partnership (LLP) from 1 May 2007. Lovells partners last night (5 March) voted overwhelmingly in favour of the conversion, despite lingering concerns over the tax status of a UK LLP in France. Lovells, along with other City firms with German operations, received assurance in November […]

Slaughters bags £2bn Olympics role

Slaughter and May has landed a role alongside Herbert Smith and Pinsent Masons on the £2bn Olympic Village development, part of the mammoth Stratford City regeneration project. Slaughter’s corporate real estate group is advising Lend Lease, selected by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and London & Continental Railways (LCR) as the preferred developer. Slaughter’s corporate […]

London: Apple crumble

New York’s fall from grace as the leading capital markets centre has seen London reap the rewards. But can the City hold on to the lead, or will the Big Apple bite back?

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