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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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Van Doorne launches second Lovells raid in Amsterdam

Dutch independent Van Doorne has raided Lovells for the second time this year, this time to strengthen its real estate practice. The firm has hired civil law notary Annerie Ploumen as a partner. She joins the Amsterdam office of Van Doorne, along with her entire team of four deputy civil law notaries, on 1 January […]

BLP converts to LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become the latest UK firm to agree to convert to limited liability partnership (LLP) status. Following a partnership vote on 31 October, the firm has converted to LLP status, effective from today (1 December). Managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “The conversion process has been very smooth.”

DWS advises DP World lenders on Islamic bond for P&O buyout

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has scooped a role advising the lenders on the innovative Islamic bond issue that will fund the P&O acquisition. Barclays Capital and Dubai Islamic Bank are the lead managers on a $2.8bn (£1.63bn) Sukuk that is linked to a potential IPO on maturity. Linklaters has landed Dubai-based container terminal operator DP […]

No. 1 Serjeants Inn gets new base and name

Professional negligence set No. 1 Serjeants Inn is moving into new premises in January and changing its name at the same time. The 37-strong chambers has been forced to leave its current building, off Fleet Street, which it used to share with law firm Dechert, due to redevelopment. Its new location – and name – […]

Financial services

Today’s financial services market is a vastly different animal from that of only a few years ago. The mortgage and insurance markets now fall within the remit of the FSA, while the Pensions Act 2004 has seen the replacement of the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority by the more powerful Pensions Regulator. However, the FSA’s Enforcement […]

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