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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 […]

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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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White & Case leads Thai securitisation

White & Case has advised the lead managers to the Royal Thai Government on its largest securitisation to date. The government issued Bt10.3bn (£143.4m) of notes in four tranches with separate maturities. The bonds are secured by 30-year leases on the government’s new offices at Chaengwatthana and are the first to be sold under a […]

Gide goes international on partner promotions

Gide Loyrette Nouel has unveiled eight new partners in its most international round of promotions yet. The French independent is making up four partners in its Paris headquarters. David Boitout and Han Qimeng, the local partners in charge in Shanghai, both become members of Gide’s international partnership. Moscow local managing partner David Lasfargue is also […]

Regional: South East

Lorraine Cushnie on the month in the South East:

ASB Law, DMH Stallard, Thomas Eggar and Blake Lapthorn report positive first-half figures
South East firms dominate The Rising 50

EMW Law scoops partner trio from Fennemores

Linnells legacy partner wins Blake Lapthorn senior partner elections

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In-house: 9 Jan

Management: 16 Jan

The bar: 23 Jan

Regional: 30 Jan

Rentokil picks Freshfields for selloff

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bagged an instruction to advise Rentokil Initial on the sale of Style Conferences to the Alternative Hotel Group (AHG) for £325m. AHG, which is being advised by DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, is the bid vehicle launched by Richard Balfour-Lynn and other directors of Marylebone Warwick Balfour. The Bank of Scotland, […]

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