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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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A&L Goodbody crosses the border

Dublin-headquartered firm A&L Goodbody opened an office in Belfast last week, while rival Dillon Eustace opened in Cork. A&L Goodbody has launched its new Northern Ireland outpost with three partners who left Dublin rival Arthur Cox last year (The Lawyer, 20 March 2006). The three – Peter Stafford, Mark Thompson and Patricia Johnston – formed […]

Freshfields hits the fast lane with Porsche deal

City heavyweights Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged the lead roles on the increase of Porsche’s stake in Volkswagen. Porsche’s move to increase its stake from 27.3 per cent to 30.9 per cent will trigger a mandatory bid for Volkswagen, valuing the company at €35bn (£23.77bn). The London and Frankfurt offices […]

Stephenson Harwood hikes oil and gas team

Stephenson Harwood has boosted its energy practice with the hire of senior associate Marc Hammerson from Vinson & Elkins. Hammerson has joined the firm as a corporate partner and will focus on oil and gas, power projects and M&A in the energy industry. Vinson declined to comment on the departure, but it has been recruiting […]

Lawyers welcome Brown’s Reits and sukuk measures

Proposals to provide authorised property unit trusts with the same tax efficient status as Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) were outlined in the budget yesterday (21 March). Gordon Brown’s final Budget included the long awaited proposal to drop the 20 per cent corporation tax currently applied to these vehicles, putting them at a disadvantage to […]

Cornwall Street Chambers to open in May

Birmingham-based set Cornwall Street Chambers is to launch officially this May, with the ribbon being cut by Mr Justice Anthony Hughes. The set, which was formerly No 6 chambers, has moved from the Birmingham barrister centre, Fountain Court, to the heart of the city’s commercial and business hub. Peter Cooke, head of the chambers’ police […]

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