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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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Pinsents lands Govt nuclear adviser

Pinsent Masons has boosted its nuclear group with the hire of former government adviser Ian Downing as a consultant. Downing was director of international nuclear policy and programmes for the Department of Trade and Industry for eight years before his retirement this summer. In the late 1980s Downing was principal policy adviser on the staff […]

Firm profile: Bell & Scott

Niche Scottish property firm Bell & Scott is on an expansion drive, according to managing partner Iain MacDonald, with a move into new Glasgow premises heralding the beginning of the growth. Just one year after relaunching itself as a commercial property boutique following the spin-off of its two-partner private client team to Pagan Osborne, the […]

UK firms benefit from Deutsche’s RREEF panel

A range of UK firms are celebrating roles on the new roster for Deutsche Bank Asset Management’s flagship alternative investment fund RREEF Alternative Investments. CMS Cameron McKenna, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Fladgate Fielder and SJ Berwin are all understood to have secured their relationships with RREEF following the review. RREEF handles investments in real estate, infrastructure, […]

BLP nets Cadwalader securitisation ace

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s London securitisation special counsel Nick Butler has left the firm to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as a partner. His appointment bolsters BLP’s securitisation practice, which was formed last year following the appointment of partners Tamara Box from Lovells, former European general counsel of FinancialGuarantee Insurance Company Paul Severs and Tom […]

Linklaters: Forging new Links

Linklaters is consigning its Cologne office to the history books in favour of opening in Düsseldorf with the hire of a highly rated Freshfields duo. But with the pair’s remuneration outstripping other partners’, can it keep its existing German staff happy? Linklaters.jpg” alt=”Linklaters: Forging new Links” />It was a clear February day and crammed into […]

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