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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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Goodbodys, Dillons top Ireland’s funds league table

A&L Goodbody and Dillon Eustace have scooped the bulk of Ireland’s funds work as the value of funds services there approached the $1tr (£566bn) mark. Dillons topped the table for the second year running, remaining the largest legal adviser of funds in Dublin with 792. Goodbodys is its nearest rival in second place, advising on 573 funds, […]

Lovells ramps up in Moscow with White & Case hire

Lovells has hired former White & Case senior associate Suren Gortsunyan as a partner in the firm’s Moscow office. Gortsunyan is a corporate lawyer specialising in M&A and equity capital markets work, who also provides transactional advice on the emerging Russian private equity sector. Gortsunyan, a Russian qualified lawyer, had also spent time at Herbert […]

Chadbourne swoops on Coudert Russian team

New York firm Chadbourne & Parke has doubled its Russian presence, securing a three-lawyer team and the St Petersburg offices of Coudert Brothers. Counsels Alexander Kalinov and Konstantin Osipov and associate Nonna Crane join Chadbourne in St Petersburg. Senior associate Ludmila Yegorova has joined Chadbourne from Coudert’s Moscow office, and will split her time between […]

Peacock buyout sees Sullivan, Freshfields land advisory roles

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell have scooped advisory roles on the take-private of discount clothing retailer Peacock in what is the first UK leveraged buyout by hedge funds. Freshfields, which was instructed by Goldman Sachs, and Sullivan were brought in by Peacock’s management and the US investment bank to structure the £410m deal. Meanwhile, as […]

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