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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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Review of the year Bradford & Bingley sets up commercial law panelBradford & Bingley set up its first ever formal legal panel for corporate and commercial work. The bank used a number of firms on an ad hoc basis but its plan was to instruct only those firms that made it on to the panel […]

Centrica picks Ashursts for Enron buy

In its third major corporate deal for the energy and telecommunications powerhouse this year, Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Centrica on its £94m acquisition of Enron Direct. Centrica’s principal corporate adviser Linklaters was also involved in the deal, advising Enron’s administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers.Enron, the multinational energy trader, went into administration on 29 November. At the time, Linklaters […]

Martineaus loses De Montfort to Eversheds

Eversheds has beaten Birmingham rival Martineau Johnson to win work for De Montfort University. Martineaus has worked as its sole legal adviser since 1988, but this year the corporate services panel opened the position to competitive tender.An Eversheds team covering all legal requirements, and led by chairman of the education group John Hall and client […]

Freehills adds new positions to the board

Top five Australian firm Freehills has changed its management structure to add the new positions of chief executive officer (CEO), chief operating officer (COO) and heads of both the Sydney and Melbourne offices. It has also appointed a new board, with former senior partner Geoff McClellan taking on the role of chairman.McClellan has been a […]

Deals summary

Allen & Overy (Chin-Chong Liew) has advised UBS Warburg on the launch of Hong Kong’s first ever equity-linked note. The note was issued on the Tracker Fund. Clifford Chance (Laura Stuart, Claude Brown) has advised the Royal Bank of Scotland as lead manager on the securitisation of a corporate loan portfolio worth £300m. The agencies […]

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