UK businesses need to beware the long arm of US law

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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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Morgan Lewis bags SunGard in-house chief

The chief legal officer of SunGard Data Systems, Larry Gross, has joined US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius after the software house was bought by a private equity consortium for $11.4bn in April. Gross was SunGard’s general counsel from shortly after its public offering in 1986 until the beginning of 2005, when he became chief […]

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In a traditionally litigious marketplace, developments surrounding the Environmental Impact Assessment are likely to have far-reaching consequences for planning, says Duncan Field Ask any planning lawyer to name the most influential person in planning this year and the name Barker is certain to feature. However, the reference may mean either Kate Barker, who is spearheading […]

Herbies, Kirkland scoop major roles on Caudwell Group buyout

Herbert Smith scooped the Barclays Capital and ING Bank acquisition finance mandate, while Kirkland & Ellis landed its first UK deal from Providence Equity Partners, with the £1.46bn acquisition of Phones 4U owner The Caudwell Group. On 4 August private equity firm Providence agreed to acquire Caudwell for £1.46bn. Providence then sold the distribution arm to Doughty […]

Herbies reshuffle bolsters Paris office

Herbert Smith is ‘rebalancing’ its arbitration practice by moving partner Michael Young to Paris in a bid to bulk up in the French capital. Young will be based permanently in Herbert Smith’s Paris office from September, where he will continue the international arbitration work he has been doing in London. Young told The Lawyer: “My […]

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