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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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Arnold & Porter funds reforestation to reduce carbon footprint

US law firm Arnold & Porter has launched an initiative to offset its carbon footprint, partnering with climate change consultancy Carbonfund.org. The project is called the Green Office Initiative and will see the firm give money to renewable energy and reforestation projects in a bid to offset the carbon it burns through business travel. Arnold […]

Lovells overhauls US management team

Lovells has named New York litigation partner Marc Gottridge as its next US regional managing partner. Following the outcome of a partnership vote he will take up the three-year position tomorrow (1 August). Gottridge, who replaces Chicago-based Joe McCullough, will head a team of 80 fee-earners based in both New York and Chicago. He will […]

Development sale hands roles to duo

Howard Kennedy and Travers Smith have advised on the £111.8m purchase of a one million sq ft riverside development site at Greenwich Reach, near the Thames in South East London. Howard Kennedy advised Roamquest, a subsidiary of developer and existing client Galliard Homes, on the purchase of the site from central London office development company […]

Compagnoni proves his worth on Weil’s Advent win

The benefits of private equity partner Marco Compagnoni’s February 2006 arrival at Weil Gotshal & Manges have extended beyond the London office. The US firm’s Paris office has just completed its first deal for Advent International, a key private equity client brought by Compagnoni to Weil’s London outfit when he joined from Lovells last year. […]

Sidley makes up three in London

Chicago-headquartered Sidley Austin has promoted three partners in its London office, the most seen in at least the last four years. All three new London partners – Jonathan Edge, Theresa Kradjian and Paul Matthews – are structured finance and securitisation experts. In all 36 lawyers were made up to the partnership, a slight dip on […]

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