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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest, the German ally of Osborne Clarke OWA, is in the final stages of merger talks with Bappert Witz & Selbherr in Freiburg. A vote will be taken in November, but both firms are confident the merger will go ahead to create a 64-partner firm. Graf von Westphalen, which has […]

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Institutional investors are forcing lawyers to take a more proactive approach in providing business advice on the future of their clients’ companies. According to Colin Roy, managing director and co-head of investment banking in Germany at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, institutional investors have become increasingly vocal during the decision-making process in takeover situations. Speaking at […]

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What is the single most challenging issue facing large law firms in New York today? There are several contenders for this award. Some would nominate globalisation and potential law firm mergers. Others would say the increasing competition among lawyers resulting from financial institution and other client consolidations. Others would identify penetration into the start-up and […]

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Granada Compass. The hospitality group is conducting a strategic review which may result in it selling off its hotel portfolio. The move comes following shareholder pressure since the May merger of Granada’s hotel and restaurant arm with catering group Compass. The sale is likely to include the 120-strong luxury chain Le Meridian and the UK […]

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