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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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King & Wood Mallesons’ global ambitions

It could have been a £170m business, edging the top 20 of The Lawyer UK200. But the news today that the talks are off means that Withers and Speechly Bircham join the roll call of Field Fisher Waterhouse and Lawrence Graham, Addleshaws and Nabarro, Field Fisher Waterhouse and Osborne Clarke, and Dundas & Wilson and […]

DWF improves client service with real-time information

London, UK – 9 April 2013, – QlikTech (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in Business Discovery – user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), today announces that business law firm DWF has chosen the QlikView Business Discovery platform to share client management information. DWF will use QlikView to reduce the amount of time it takes to respond to a […]

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Bond Dickinson cleans up with Colgate Palmolive panel place

Hygiene giant Colgate Palmolive added Bond Dickinson to its panel just weeks before the merger between Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees, The Lawyer has learned. Associate legal director Chris Burniston took charge of the review process in March, just months after he joined the company. Both firms pitched to the company prior to the merger […]

LIBOR reforms — an update

In the January 2013 Risk Note, we set out various proposals that had been published by the FSA in relation to the reform of the regulation and supervision of LIBOR. Since then, the majority of these proposals have been finalised. On 1 April 2013, the administration of and provision of information to a specified benchmark […]

Employment Briefing — May 2013

In this issue: the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 is published; pre-termination negotiations and settlement agreements; collective redundancies; employee shareholder status; dismissal for political opinions or affiliation; and case law round-up. The text of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act has now been published. On the immediate horizon, and coming into force on 25 […]

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