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New online court may improve chances of tenancy arrears recovery

By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan On 6 April 2018 HMCTS publicly announced the launch of a new online service to allow members of the public and businesses to issue money claims, resolve disputes and access mediation via a new online claims service. Known as Civil Money Claims, and available for money claims with a […]

Dress codes in the workplace: new government guidance

By Stuart McBride New guidance entitled “Dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know” was published by the Government Equalities Office last week.  It follows the 2016 online petition started by a woman who was sent home from work when she refused to wear high heels. The petition led to a Parliamentary Enquiry […]

Timor-Leste oil and gas: New maritime treaty with Australia

On 6 March 2017, in New York, delegations of both countries signed, before the United Nations’ Secretary-General and Portugal’s former Prime-Minister, António Guterres, the “Treaty Between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea”. The new maritime boundaries between the two countries represent, after almost 50 years, Australian’s […]

Portugal: New regime for conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital

Law No. 7/2018 was published on 2 March and created a legal regime for the conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital in commercial companies, or companies adopting a commercial form, incorporated under the Laws of Portugal. The new law entered into force on the day after its publication and clearly aims to provide an extrajudicial […]

Portugal: Exploitation of lithium

Lithium minerals have seen a rise in demand and price since 2011, which became even greater in 2016, and the expectation is that this rise will continue along with the growing demand for electric vehicles. Lithium supply security has become a top priority for technology companies in the United States and Asia and, worldwide, lithium […]

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What was your first-ever job?  Sales assistant in a boutique. I started when I was only 12 years old but made out I was 15. (You could do stuff like that, back then.) What was your worst experience as a trainee?  Leaving my car keys in a bank in Loughborough while I was paying in money […]

Wragge & Co advises NVM Private Equity on £52m exit from Alaric Systems

Wragge & Co’s corporate team has advised a syndicate of venture capital investors, led by NVM Private Equity, on its exit from Alaric Systems in a deal worth £52m. Alaric provides payment processing and fraud prevention solutions to financial institutions, processors and retailers worldwide. It manages 1.6 billion transactions a month across 30 countries and […]

Shared parental leave confirmed from April 2015

By Antonia Blackwell The government has confirmed that it will introduce a new system of shared parental leave by April 2015. On 29 November the government published its response to the consultation on the administration of shared parental leave and pay, launched in February 2013. The document confirms some of the finer details of the […]

Wragge & Co secures patent infringement finding against British Telecommunications

Wragge & Co’s intellectual property team has secured a High Court judgement against British Telecommunications (BT) for patent infringement in connection with its Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband network. The case was brought by US-based technology broadband software developer ASSIA Incorporated, a client of Wragge & Co. It is an extremely significant patent action in […]

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The Lawyer Global Litigation Top 50: Flex appeal

Litigation is an engine room of firms’ earnings but many clients, keen to keep a grip on the purse-strings, are forcing a reworking of fee arrangements Ever since The Lawyer launched the Global Litigation Top 50 in November 2008 it has focused on the money. For the past five years, neatly kicking off in time […]

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