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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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Campbell and Ruhan choose Wragges for Thistle purchase

Wragge & Co has won its first instruction from Midlands entrepreneur Alan Campbell, after he and longstanding Wragges client Andy Ruhan teamed up to buy hotel chain Thistle from Orb Estates. Ruhan and Campbell formed a new vehicle named Atlantic Hotels to buy the 37-hotel group for around £700m. It is thought the payment includes […]

Simmons loses partner from Brussels practice

Simmons & Simmons Brussels partner Conor Maguire has quit the firm. A Simmons spokesperson said he had “left by mutual consent”. Maguire was one of just two partners in Simmons’ small Brussels EU competition practice, although the firm has a further three partners in its domestic Belgian practice. Marco Slotboom replaces Maguire as head of […]

BLP grows private equity with Osborne Clarke hire

Osborne Clarke has suffered another blow in London with the loss of private equity partner Geraint Lloyd to Berwin Leighton Paisner.Lloyd counts among his clients the Close Brothers Group, for whom he works across several divisions on private equity-backed M&A transactions, development and venture capital and real estate funds, and Matrix Securities.Commenting on the recruitment, […]

Germany's legal market: debunking the myths

Want to get ahead in Germany? Aled Griffiths reveals the seven steps to happiness 1. It’s about the domestic market. US and London firms often judge German firms by their own yardsticks of how international the M&A practices are. But considering the potential in the German market, no leading corporate firm would do itself justice […]

SJ Berwin profits fall for third year

SJ Berwin has been hit hard by a recent dearth of corporate work, seeing its turnover dip by 5 per cent and its profits drop by around 20 per cent. The firm brought in £91.3m in total income last year, compared with £96.1m the previous year. Although profits per equity partner have still to be […]

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