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All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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 […]

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Linklaters has appointed Paul Lignières as managing partner of its Paris office for a four-year term. Move of the week He takes over from Arnaud de La Cotardière, who has been made commercial divisional practice head. Lignières joined ­Linklaters in 2003 and became a partner in 2005, focusing on corporate and financial transactions. He is […]

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Firm leaders evenly split over ABS issue

Almost half the managing partners who attended a high-level private summit held by banking group Investec are committed to investigating the use of alternative business structures (ABSs) in their businesses. Investec handpicked a selection of the heads of leading UK law firms to the meeting, which was held under Chatham House rules, to discuss ways […]

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Kraft fallout threatens M&A landscape as Takeover Panel flexes its muscles

Will one consultation paper equal a rewrite of the takeover rulebook? Since it was first announced last September, the hostile takeover of Cadbury by Kraft has dominated the M&A market more than any other in recent years. And developments over the past two weeks show that the impact is likely to be felt for some […]

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Speechly Bircham files High Court claim over unpaid fees

Speechly Bircham is the latest firm to launch a High Court claim against a client for unpaid fees. According to the claim form, which was filed in March, Chesterman Capital, a company set up to sponsor and operate collective investment schemes, owes the firm £37,000. The outstanding bill was built up between March 2007 and April 2009 […]

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