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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 […]

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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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The Lawyer’s editor Catrin Griffiths looks at the latest developments in the legal world Cross-pond mergers There’s always gossip in the City about the next transatlantic merger, but in truth there has only been a handful of US-UK link-ups. The most obvious examples are DLA combining with Piper Rudnick Gray Cary; the former Rowe & […]

Bird & Bird wins advisory role on first privatisation in Serbia

Bird & Bird has won a role advising on the Republic of Serbia’s privatisation of national mobile network MobTel, the republic’s first-ever privatisation. Bird & Bird is acting for the French consortium advising the Serbian government on the transaction. The privatisation is valued at e800m (£545m) and will create a new telecoms company called Mobi63. Bank Rothschild […]

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Proposed changes to Russia’s Subsoil Law will bring about overseas investment in the mineral sector, but they are still a way from being finalised. Jon Hines looks at the issues under consideration A good deal of attention is focused these days on proposed new restrictions on foreign direct investment into Russia’s mineral resource sector. The […]

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