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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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20 Essex Street takes Holman Fenwick commercial director for new role

20 Essex Street has hired Holman Fenwick Willan’s (HFW) commercial director James Huckle for a newly-created strategic development director post, marking a continued push towards business development at the bar. Huckle will join chambers in the New Year and work closely with co-head Duncan Matthews QC and the set’s management board to focus on growing […]

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McGuireWoods and Stephenson Harwood file £2.2bn Tchenguiz claim against Grant Thornton and Kaupthing

McGuireWoods and Stephenson Harwood are advising businessman Vincent Tchenguiz and his family trusts in a £2.2bn lawsuit against Grant Thornton and Kaupthing Bank over their roles in a failed criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Tchenguiz’s lawsuit, which was filed yesterday, is the latest in a long line of litigation battles following his […]

Royal Mail wraps up first post-IPO panel review

Royal Mail has finished its first panel review since the company’s IPO last year, sending DAC Beachcroft and CMS Cameron McKenna acceptance letters but dropping Bond Dickinson from its 15-strong roster (see the story here). Regular corporate adviser Slaughter and May, which last year advised on Royal Mail’s IPO, was also named on the new […]

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How to access the Arab market: advice from the lawyers who know

The Middle Eastern market is lucrative, but for international firms business nuances are tricky. To guide you through, The Lawyer has researched the region and the legal players to collaborate with. Here’s a taster of our findings According to the World Bank, six of the 20 countries with the largest gross domestic product per capita […]

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