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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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Faegre advises on Sarbanes-Oxley guidelines

The French data protection watchdog has issued guidelines designed to help companies comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, with Faegre & Benson assisting with the project. The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) issued the advice in December 2005 after extensive consultation. The guidelines formalise French companies’ whistleblowing obligations under data protection law, and also institute […]

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Congratulations to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s new global litigation head Ian Terry, who has been lured back to management by doting colleagues.

Top International Deals

Shearman & Sterling is helping Boston Scientific pile the pressure on Johnson & Johnson’s troubled bid for Guidant. Boston Scientific announced on 5 December 2005 that it is offering $72 (£41) of cash and stock per Guidant share – an offer totalling $25bn (£14.2bn), which is around $3bn (£1.7bn) higher than the value of Johnson […]

Salans takes Haarmann Berlin for German launch

Salans has made a dramatic first move into the German legal market by snatching the Berlin office of the beleaguered German independent Haarmann Hemmelrath. The move sees Salans take on 35 fee earners including 13 partners. The Berlin team specialises in tax law and privatisations but also offers advice in corporate, property, insolvency and employment. […]

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