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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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Osborne Clarke cancels drawings

Osborne Clarke has taken the step of cancelling its partners’ quarterly drawings as a precautionary measure against the economic downturn The measure applies to all equity partners across the board, and if evened out over the course of the year, it would equate to some 20 per cent of a partner’s total earnings.Senior partner Leslie […]

Deals summary

Baker & McKenzie’s London and Paris offices (Eric Lasry, Adam Levin) advised Platinum Equity on its acquisition of the European operations of Alcatel’s enterprise distribution and services business. Alcatel was advised in-house. Field Fisher Waterhouse (Charles Whiddington, Andrew Evans) advised Teradyne on international merger clearance following its acquisition of technology company GenRad. Merger reviews were […]

Freehills saves NAB from £20bn disaster

Australian law firm believed to have charged £14m in robust defence of bank Freehills has successfully defended the National Australia Bank (NAB) in a claim for A$56bn (£20.2bn) which has gripped the nation. Freehills is believed to have pocketed an estimated A$40m (£14.4m) in legal fees for the defence.NAB was sued by inventor and small […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK: Freshfields and A&O in ICI's £808m share issue

ICI’s favoured law firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) are acting on the chemical company’s discounted share issue, worth £808m, which will raise money to reduce the company’s £2.9bn debt.ICI has retained Freshfields to advise it on the issue. A&O has been instructed by established clients Goldman Sachs, UBS Warburg and Merrill […]

Reed Smith management rejig sees two arrivals

Reed Smith Warner Cranston has appointed Mark Dembovsky as chief strategy officer and David Duckhouse as chief finance officer in a shake-up of the firm’s management The management review has been seen as a way to cement last year’s merger between UK firm Warner Cranston and US-based Reed Smith. Both Dembovsky and Duckhouse come to […]

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