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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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De Brauw resumes talks with Linklaters

Linklaters and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek have resumed merger discussions after they broke down over a series of problems six months ago. A spokesman for the leading Dutch firm said: “We decided last week to get the talks back on. Before that there were no formal discussions or negotiations, but we were working very closely […]

Beware – contagious Iqs

Tulkinghorn hears remarkable news from the bar. One could even go so far as to say it heralds a revolution in clerking – the alcohol-free clerk.The story begins in Paris, where clerks from Blackstone Chambers, including senior clerk Martin Smith and first junior Gary Oliver, were enjoying the hospitality of one of the set’s French […]

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The showbiz world is fickle and putting value to a film before its production is risky for both funders and insurers. Alex Gunning reports on what happens when the films flop

IBA condemns Sri Lankan judicial system

AN International Bar Association (IBA) report has condemned the deteriorating judicial and constitutional system of Sri Lanka. The report finds that the government of Sri Lanka has attempted to act unconstitutionally, that the independence of the judiciary has been undermined by the chief justice and that the Sri Lankan media has been harassed and intimidated.Until […]

Baker & McKenzie launches a fourth Brazil office

Baker & McKenzie has opened a fourth office in Brazil, taking its global tally to 62. The international firm has formalised its longstanding association with local practitioners to set up a base in the southern city of Porto Alegre.The office will be headed by partners Claudio Mangoni Moretti and Ricardo Dornelles Chaves Barcellos. They will […]

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