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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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Yet another string to Gouldens’ corporate finance bow. The 36-partner firm made a reasonable appearance in The Lawyer IPO Survey 2000 of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) main list and techMARK, and also romped home in the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) Survey. It has several key relationships with the investment banks servicing the main list, […]

Matrix raids rival sets for commercial gain

Matrix is continuing its raid on magic circle sets as it shifts its focus from public law to the commercial arena. Former solicitor general of Australia Gavan Griffiths, door tenant at Essex Court, specialises in commercial law and will become an associate tenant at the 33-strong set. His practice includes sitting as an arbitrator at […]

Freshfields and Pollock hired to protect Lottery

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has beaten City competition to advise the National Lottery Commission after it dumped former Treasury solicitor advisers. The magic circle firm is understood to have seen off Herbert Smith and Lovells. The Freshfields team, led by partners Jo Rickard and Richard Chalk, is bringing in one of the best silks at the […]

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