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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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Pannone establishes injuries unit

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Burges Salmon gains ex-Eversheds partner

Burges Salmon is strengthening its property and finance litigation practice by hiring the former senior partner of Eversheds‘ Bristol office. Peter Morris has decided to join the Bristol firm, following the closure of the office on 1 May. He says that Burges Salmon approached him after the decision was taken to close the practice to […]

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Chadbourne & Parke‘s New York office is relocating a corporate finance partner to London. Claude Serfilippi specialises in capital markets transactions including high-yield debt offerings. In New York, his practice has focused on advising domestic and foreign corporations and financial institutions in corporate and securities matters. His move is part of Chadbourne’s continuing expansion of […]

Surplus to requirements

The question of who owns an occupational pension scheme’s surplus has once again reared its ugly head in the form of the recent House of Lords ruling in the case involving the National Grid pension schemes. Two National Grid pensioners objected to the use of the pension scheme’s surplus to fund redundancy packages subsequent to […]

NGJ rolls out PFI group with Row & Maw hire

Nicholson Graham & Jones is expanding its presence in targeting the growing PFI and public-private partnership (PPP) market with the hire of a projects partner from Rowe & Maw. Christopher Causer takes up the new role as head of Nicholson Graham’s PFI team within its construction and engineering department. Head of department David Race says […]

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