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All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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 […]

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Home advantage

Ireland’s structured credit market has undergone huge development in recent years. Hugh Beattie looks at how the country must make the most of the boom The explosive growth in structured credit in the past few years has brought some interesting and innovative deals to Ireland, initially as a jurisdiction of domicile and more recently as […]

New kids on the dock

The legal community’s shift to the south docklands area of the Liffey is a reflection of Dublin’s recent prosperity, says Matt Byrne The astonishing success of the Irish economy over the past few years has been matched by the phenomenal growth of Dublin’s leading law firms. If confirmation of the current strength of the Irish […]

M&A world braced for litigation wave

Corporate lawyers are bracing themselves for a sweeping overhaul of the M&A world, with the Takeover Panel set to become a statutory body next year. The Department of Trade and Industry released a white paper earlier this month that sets out comprehensive reform of the Company Law Bill, including plans to make the Takeover Panel […]

Fulbright bolsters London projects with Vinson hire

Fulbright & Jaworski’s London office has bolstered its projects capacity with two high-profile hires from Vinson & Elkins and Denton Wilde Sapte. The firm has poached rated UK project finance lawyer Christopher Clement-Davies from US rival Vinson, where he spent the past seven years. Former Denton Wilde Sapte international managing partner David Moroney also joined […]

House of Lords supports Muslim dress ban

Luton Borough Council’s legal team has won a victory in the House of Lords, supporting a school’s decision to exclude a pupil wearing Muslim dress. Shabina Begum was excluded from Denbigh High School in Luton for wearing a jilbab. The Court of Appeal ruled that the school had violated the Human Rights act. However this […]

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