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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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CC closes Padua office

Clifford Chance has shut down its seven-lawyer Padua office, the smallest in the firm’s network. The lawyers have all been offered positions in the firm’s Milan and Rome offices. The office in the northeast of Italy had originally been the focus for major clients in the region such as Generali. However, after Padua managing partner […]

O’Melveny latest to beef up restructuring

US firm O’Melveny & Myers has snared a restructuring team from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan to bolster its New York office. O’Melveny is just the latest firm to ramp up its restructuring offering in anticipation of a downturn in the markets. O’Melveny chair Arthur Culvahouse said: “Not only is the strengthening of our restructuring […]

Links’ Portuguese trio hit back at sacking claim

Three Linklaters associates from Portugal have spoken out for the first time after the firm claimed it had sacked them following the discovery of their plans to defect to a competitor. The former Linklaters associates today (10 May) issued a statement in which they say that the lawyers have, in fact, “decided to leave”. Banking […]

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Financial services, or more particularly the Financial Services Authority (FSA), hit the headlines last week after a National Audit Office (NAO) report declared in no uncertain terms that the financial watchdog needs to be better coordinated if the UK is to retain its position as a premier international financial services market. The report, which was […]

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