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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 […]

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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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College of Law and LSC to create Legal Aid LPC

The College of Law and the Legal Services Commission (LSC) have teamed up to create the first legal aid orientated LPC.Called the ‘public legal services pathway’, the new LPC will be available from 2005 at the college and also Cardiff Law School. The course will offer two new modules, advanced criminal litigation and housing (subject […]

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Dewey Ballantine has poached Shearman & Sterling tax star Hanno Berger for its Frankfurt office. Berger, who joins with a team of three associates, will become Dewey’s second German partner, joining Frankfurt managing partner Philipp Von Illberg. The loss is a rare blow for Shearman. Under Georg Thoma the firm made a virtually unqualified success […]

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Davis Polk wins instruction on RBS acquisition

Linklaters’ UK client Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to Davis Polk & Wardwell for its surprise £5.8bn acquisition of US retail bank Charter One. Davis Polk is working with Boston-based firm Goodwin Proctor on the transaction, which is being conducted through RBS’s wholly-owned subsidiary Citizens Financial Group and is expected to be finalised […]

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