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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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Geldards pokes head above bushel

Geldards had a tremendous year, with turnover hitting £25.9m (up by around 16 per cent) and its average profit up to £240,000. “Who?” you say. Geldards, based out of Wales and the East Midlands, is perhaps not the most glamorous firm, and is certainly not the most high profile, but lights can be hidden. You […]

McDermott raid strengthens White & Case finance disputes team

White & Case has furthered its bid to develop a dedicated financial regulation advisory team with the hire of John Reynolds from the London office of US rival McDermott Will & Emery. Reynolds, previously head of McDermott’s UK international dispute resolution group, joins White & Case as a partner in the financial dispute resolution team. […]

Gateleys-HBJ tie-up pays off as PEP jumps by 40 per cent

Average profit per equity partner (PEP) at HBJ Gateley Wareing has rocketed by 40 per cent in the year the firm sealed its Anglo-Scottish merger. Partners are toasting a PEP of £280,000, up by 40 per cent from the £200,000 recorded at the pre-merger Gateleys. Managing partner for England Peter Davies said: “The growth has […]

Terra Firma retains Lovells on Europe’s largest CMBS despite defections

Lovells has maintained its relationship with private equity house Terra Firma to advise on a landmark securitisation, even though the firm lost the original partner on the deal to Clifford Chance. It is understood that Lovells won the mandate because arranger Citigroup had already instructed Clifford Chance, and therefore the magic circle firm was conflicted. […]

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