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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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KPMG move heralds summer offensive

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ADR groups slam mediation-arbitration first

The UK’s first joint arbitration and mediation company has been launched amid protests from rivals that the market faces saturation. The Centre for Business Arbitration, based in Lincoln’s Inn and using the services of 51 barristers, opened its doors last week for arbitration and mediation across a range of professions. Company director Reziya Harrison, a […]

A&O internal promotions fall as firms go on partner spree

Allen & Overy’s summer promotions to partnership has dropped by 10 this year to 17 new internal partners. But the firm says the fall in internal candidate promotions is offset by the increase in lateral hires – it says 35 partners have been appointed internationally and in the UK since August 1998. This figure includes […]

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Pinsent Curtis has advised US-listed engineering company Doncasters on a u185m refinancing deal. Doncasters acquired Triplex Lloyd for u194m and has refinanced the debt package for the acquisition. The team was led by corporate partner David Hughes and banking partner Stephen Miles.

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