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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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Pinsents facing £18m action for negligence

Pinsent Masons is on the receiving end of an £18m negligence claim following advice it gave to trustees of a pension fund in 1998. The Court of Appeal rejected Pinsents’ appeal last week on a preliminary issue in the case, which is due to go to the High Court next January. Capital Cranfield Trustees brought the claim against […]

Freshfields wins lead role on Debenhams recapitalisation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has confirmed its position as lead adviser to Debenhams with a major role on the company’s £2bn refinancing. A Freshfields team led by finance partner Brian Gray and corporate partners Patrick Gaynor and Karen Fountain have been advising on a complex recapitalisation of the high street giant with a view to a flotation. Gray […]

Irish competition ace joins Monckton

Monckton Chambers has brought in Irish silk Michael Collins SC as a door tenant in a further boost to the set’s competition expertise. Collins is called to the Bar in England and Wales as well as Ireland. He worked with Shearman & Sterling in the 1980s as a member of the New York Bar, and […]

BLG reels as non-contentious team splinters

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has been rocked by the loss of its superstar head of commercial and technology Kit Burden to DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. Burden’s defection follows hard on the heels of the departures of former corporate chief John Longdon and former banking head Graham Wedlake to the London arm of Chicago’s […]

Taylor Wessing senior partner gives up post

Taylor Wessing‘s longstanding UK senior partner Richard Marsh is to stand down after seven years in the role. Marsh will return to full-time fee-earning as head of the firm’s commercial disputes and insolvency group. The current head of the UK leveraged private equity and international private capital groups Martin Winter will take over as senior […]

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