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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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Cuatrecasas leads the way on Enel’s Endesa takeover

Leading Spanish independent firms Cuatrecasas and Uría Menéndez have scored the lead roles on Italian energy company Enel’s e11.1bn (£9.94bn) takeover of Spanish giant Endesa. The deal will see Enel build a controlling 92 per cent shareholding in ­Endesa, after two years of uncertainty over the Spanish company’s future. Enel bought Spanish energy company Acciona’s […]

Southwark Council scrutinises panel firms

Southwark Council is preparing to launch a review of its panel firms at the same time as setting up its first-ever barrister panel. The authority is due to retender law firm contracts this year, but has the option of extending contracts until 2010. Southwark employs around 80 lawyers, with the team led by director of […]

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Camerons ‘partner’ title up for grabs in London

The title of partner at CMS Cameron McKenna is set to be extended way into the associate ranks, heralding a shake-up of its partnership. The firm is looking at bringing the local partner role from its Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) offices to the UK. In CEE around 60 lawyers already have the title.The role […]

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Building bridges: Ed Gretton, Hanson

As legal head of a company with 400 subsidiaries, Hanson’s Ed Gretton had a tough job unifying the dispersed legal team. Tom Phillips reports. The property market has taken a battering in the past 18 months, which has, of course, been problematic for building materials supplier Hanson. The company provides the raw building materials to […]

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