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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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Trust in the system

Jersey is fighting for laws to support Channel Island offshore trusts and to increase their appeal. Matthew Thompson and Steve Meiklejohn report on landmark judgments. Richard C Douglas 1990 settlement (Jersey Royal Court, 3 April 2000)The Royal Court can vary the terms of a Jersey trust to avoid, minimise, or defer tax if the arrangement […]

Sun International

This deal brings to an end a three-way joint venture which Norton Rose was instrumental in setting up almost a decade ago. The three parties involved in Sun International Investments were keen to release value from the arrangement. This deal dissolves Sun International Investments so that the three shareholders will hold their shares directly in […]

Slaughters' go-get policy wins Telegraph Hill work

Slaughter and May has scooped work advising US private equity house Telegraph Hill on its moves into Europe. Partner Jeff Twentyman was invited to a beauty parade by the client and has now started work advising it on its establishment in the UK.Telegraph Hill is a technology and telecoms-focused private equity investor, which was established […]

Lovells takes on £350m bond offering for brewer.

Lovells has scooped one of its biggest capital markets transactions of the year for longstanding corporate client South African Breweries (SAB).The firm has acted for the company since its £3.4bn listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in March 1999, and has now advised it on the launch of a $500m (£352m) convertible bond offering.The […]

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