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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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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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Ex-OGS man makes move to Cephalon

The former general counsel of Oxford GlycoSciences (OGS) and British Biotech John Ilett has been named as the first European lawyer at US pharmaceutical company Cephalon. Ilett quit OGS last year in the wake of its merger with Celltech, which became the UK’s biggest biotech company and is now in the process of being bought […]

Vinson managing partner quits for LeBoeuf

Vinson managing partner quits for LeBoeuf Vinson & Elkins London has lost managing partner John LaMaster to LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Vinson will now have just six partners and seven other lawyers in London; two years ago it had over 30. The appointment brings the number of LeBoeuf partners in London to 16, supported […]

Freshfields mourns former chief

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners last week attended the funeral of former co-senior partner Christian Wilde, who passed away on 9 May in Hamburg. Wilde was a major force behind the merger of Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann and Freshfields Deringer. He died at the age of 64 after a long illness and will be sadly missed in […]

McDermott scoops team in latest round of CC NY departures

Clifford Chance’s New York exodus today shifted up a gear after a team of six corporate lawyers jumped ship for McDermott Will & Emery. The haul includes two partners, John Lutz and David Taub who both specialise in capital markets with a particular emphasis on derivatives and structured products. Joining Lutz and Taub, will be […]

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