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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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Ashurst Morris Crisp represented Atlantic Telecom Group on raising £197m through a high yield bond offering. The company will use the proceeds, with £93.8m from a recent equity fund raising and £58.5m from an issue of shares to Marconi, to invest in its business. Coporate partner Jeremy Sheldon led a team of six on the […]

Quote of the week

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps…” – Denton Wilde Sapte making use of Winston Churchill’s words to proclaim its merger that took effect this week.

CC not first UK firm in Indonesia

I refer to the article “Clifford Chance to open in Indonesia” (The Lawyer, 31 January). It mentions that Clifford Chance is the first UK law firm to venture into the troubled region. But that is not quite correct. Norton Rose established a presence in Indonesia almost five years ago, in alliance with the leading Indonesian […]

Ashursts in US merger talks

Ashurst Morris Crisp is in advanced merger discussions with US firm Latham & Watkins as it strives to bridge the gap in its international expansion strategy. Sources close to both firms claim that Ashursts and Lathams have been in talks over the past three months, with one insider saying that discussions are: “Pretty far down […]

Association moves on eviction

A father and son who are alleged to have claimed they were new to the property market in order to get a housing association property, now face High Court moves to evict them. Northcote Housing Association is taking Paul Dixon and his son Karl to court in a claim for possession of the property at […]

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