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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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Trio of firms seal Russian vodka deal

A trio of US firms have been handed roles as UK private equity house Lion Capital buys Russia’s biggest vodka brand in a deal worth $600m (£303m). Weil Gotshal is representing Lion Capital, with London-based corporate partner Ian Hamilton working alongside Michael Francies and tax partner Sarah Priestley. Russian Alcohol, which makes Green Mark Vodka, […]

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Associates wait for payday – but magic circle bonus levels are anyone’s guess

The magic circle has completed this year’s conservative round of salary reviews, and bonus announcements will soon be winging their way to associates’ desks. Linklaters associates could be the luckiest in the magic circle – associates across the board could earn an extra 50 per cent of their base salaries (see table). Close behind is […]

Clifford Chance leads on $1.15bn Kuwaiti LSE float

Clifford Chance has snared a lead role on a $1.15bn (£580m) Kuwaiti listing on the London Stock Exchange. Clifford Chance partners Simon Sinclair and Robert Trefney led the firm’s team advising Kuwaiti investment company Global Investment House on the listing of global depository receipts in London. This is the first listing of its type for […]

Scotland makes ‘historic decision’ in favour of ABSs

Solicitors in Scotland have voted in favour of the introduction of alternative business structures (ABS), paving the way for a level playing field between the legal markets in Scotland and England and Wales. At a special debate at the Law Society of Scotland’s AGM, held yesterday (22 May), practitioners supported proposals that will allow law […]

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