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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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BHP billiton

A massive deal for Linklaters‘ long-term client Billiton, as it merges through a dual-listed companies structure. Shareholders in each company will not be required to exchange or tender their existing shares, and each share in BHP and Billiton will have the equivalent effective economic and voting interest in the combined group. The Linklaters team included […]

Arnold & Porter boosts IP focus

THE LONDON office of Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is taking on the founder of the intellectual property (IP) department at Nicholson Graham & Jones. Sarah Kirk specialises in non-contentious IP and IT work, focusing on commercial IP/IT agreements relating to e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing and corporate deal support. At Nicholson Graham & Jones […]

Paisner partners take the US dollar

Two top corporate partners are poised to leave Paisner & Co, just a month before the firm merges with Berwin Leighton. Stephen Nelson, who has been a partner at Paisner since 1986, and fellow corporate partner Paul Lewis are in discussions with their firm about the departure. Lewis has been a partner at Paisners since […]

Capital One UK's new legal chief prepares for overhaul

Capital One UK is to double its in-house team within the next 12 months, according to its new head of legal, former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Nick Carter. Carter has joined the US-based bank as international chief legal counsel. He is responsible for all legal functions outside the US, including the UK, Europe and South […]

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