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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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Lovell White Durrant advised JP Morgan Securities and Banque Nationale de Paris on their involvement in Laurent-Perrier obtaining a listing on the Second Marche of the Paris Stock Exchange. Paris-based capital market partners Philip Boys and Sharon Lewis advised both parties on the equity transaction which involved a private placement in the US and an […]

Nuns in the dock after school shuts down

Roger Pearson reports on a group of parents seeking damages from the trustees of a school which closed without warning. High Court action has been launched in London against two French nuns who are blamed by a group of parents for the closure of a u3,000 a term Gloucestershire school. The 18 parents, represented by […]

Freshfields finds new home in former Gouldens site…

Freshfields is setting up shop in the purpose-built offices of Gouldens. Desperately short of space in its two London offices, the firm has struck a hurried deal for Gouldens’ 22 Tudor Street premises and will move in when the firm relocates to offices in November. The move will provide Freshfields with 37,500sq ft extra space; […]

SIF sets up u5m contingency fund for Hillsborough victims

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has set aside a u5m contingency fund in anticipation of hundreds of actions against law firms who represented spectators of the Hillsborough disaster. According to the Manchester lawyer involved in bringing cases on behalf of 150 victims of the 1989 disaster in which 96 people died, this could be the […]

Countdown to a merger

March Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance management meet by chance at a US conference and informal discussions get under way 7 December New York Observer breaks news of merger talks between Clifford Chance and Rogers & Wells. Clifford Chance also starts talks with Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques 25 January Story that the two […]

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