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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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Matthew Arnold wins StepStone job

Watford-based Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has scooped a high-profile instruction. The firm has been retained by BDO Stoy Hayward, liquidators of online recruitment agency StepStone.co.uk.StepStone.co.uk hit the headlines late last year when parent company, Norway’s StepStone ASA, announced that it would no longer provide financial support for its UK operation. StepStone.co.uk was subsequently put into […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – COORS

Slaughters guides Coors through Carling auction Slaughter and May has advised US brewer Coors on the £1.2bn acquisition of Carling Brewers from Interbrew.The deal is Slaughters’ first for the new client and Coors’ largest ever acquisition.Coors instructed Slaughters to advise it through the hotly contested Interbrew auction following recommendations from its US corporate adviser, Slaughters’ […]

Brobeck freezes pay for associates

San Francisco-based Brobeck Phleger & Harrison has resorted to freezing associate salaries to stave off the effects of the economic downturn.

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