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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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Rover Group

A full three months after BMW sold off its Rover car division to the Phoenix consortium for a nominal fee of £10, Midlands-based Rover is just beginning to draw breath. As a result of one the most high profile deals of the year, the newly formed Rover Group has finally put in place its new […]

Flotations

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s London office acted for Goldman Sachs International and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter on a $1.7bn (£1.1bn) IPO of Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri shares. The investment banks acted as joint global co-ordinators and joint bookrunners on the deal. Partner Sebastian Sperber led a team of two on the IPO. Shearman & Sterling […]

Norton Rose takes team for Milan

Norton Rose is opening a new office in Milan with the entire civil team from two-partner firm Studio Legale Vassallie. The civil and criminal practice of Vassallie has split and the 11-lawyer civil group is moving with former managing partner Roberto Cornetta. The new office is due to open in September. The team will also […]

Reynolds Porter alters lockstep pay system

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain is changing its lockstep to include a modified system for the first time. The 50-partner insurance specialist previously had a 2:1 spread that saw partners gradually move up to plateau level after 14 years. Reynolds Porter has now introduced levels within the spread where the performance of the partners must be assessed. […]

Skadden Arps in Tokyo hires rival partners

US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is taking on two partners from rivals to boost its Tokyo practice. Corporate partner Nobuhisa Ishizuka is joining from Morgan Lewis & Bockius and real estate partner Mark Bronson is moving in from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. The pair will be joined by four lawyers from […]

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