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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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Dispute revolution

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Dewey Ballantine, Italy

The path to success in Italy is strewn with monuments to failure. UK and US-headquartered firms, known locally as anglosassoni, find it particularly difficult to make the marriage of cultures a happy one. Think of the 2004 divorce of Linklaters and Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, the 2005 split between McDermott Will & Emery and Carnelutti, or even the amicable arrivederci from Allen & Overy to Pavesio e Associati.

Slaughters’ allies team up for Endesa bid

The founding partners of European best friends Uría Menéndez and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo have been thrown together on the fight for Spanish utility Endesa. Italy’s Enel and Spain’s Acciona signed a joint pact to bid for Endesa this week, with Rodrigo Uría and Sergio Erede as the leading advisers for the companies. They will face […]

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People

•Richard Kovalevsky QC of 18 Red Lion Court and Dean George of 15 New Bridge Street have joined criminal law set 2 Bedford Row. •Welsh firm Harding Evans has recruited probate and inheritance tax partners Margaret Banks, Sarah Lahive and Paul Lindsey. They join from Forrester & Forrester, RTL Solicitors and TS Edwards & Son […]

Clerksroom opens Strand mediation suite

Barristers’ clerking service Clerksroom has opened dedicated suites opposite the Royal Courts of Justice. The legal profession’s focus on mediation has led Clerksroom to take more than 3,000sq ft of 218 Strand to offer mediation, meeting and office services to both UK and overseas lawyers. Managing director of the new service Stephen Ward said: “The […]

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