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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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All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is joining German best friend Hengeler Mueller with an office in Shanghai, its second Chinese base (5 December 2013). The Shanghai office will open in mid-2014 and will be led by partner Gaby Smeenk. Smeenk, a […]

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Davis steps down as KWMSJB London corporate head amid reshuffle

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s (KWMSJB) City corporate head Steven Davis is to stand down after seven years in the position with legacy SJ Berwin. Partners Michael Goldberg and Richard Lever will succeed him as the London corporate group co-heads. Managing partner Rob Day said: “Steve’s done a couple of terms as London head […]

Rent as an expense of the administration: an update

We reported in our last newsletter that the High Court has granted permission in the Games Station administration on the question of the circumstances in which rent and service charges are to be treated as an expense of an administration.  The current position, following Goldacre and Luminar, is that rent and service charges payable in advance and which […]

Allen & Overy advises Merck on takeover

Allen & Overy has advised German pharmaceutical and chemical group Merck on its £1.6bn takeover offer of Luxembourg-based AZ Electronics Materials. The acquisition, contingent on the approval by antitrust authorities and a minimum acceptance level of 95 per cent of the shares, will boost Merck’s offering of speciality chemicals to the electronics industry.

Office holders’ liability for conversion

‘Conversion’ consists of an act of deliberately dealing with goods in a manner inconsistent with the owner’s rights to use the goods, thereby depriving the owner of those rights. It is not necessary for the offence to have been committed deliberately, only for the act of dealing with those goods to have been deliberate. Officeholders, […]

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