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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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SJ Berwin hires three for Munich office

SJ Berwin is recruiting three partners for its Munich office, giving it European Union (EU) and competition law capability in Germany for the first time. Corporate lawyers Thomas Pauls and Axel Pajunk join from Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner. EU and competition lawyer Alexander Rinne joins from Düsseldorf-based Bender Zahn Tigges. SJ Berwin Knopf Tulloch Steininger […]

BLP in public sector push with R&M hire

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has made its first post-merger lateral partner hire with an appointment to its property department. Lesley-Anne Avis joins later this month from Rowe & Maw, where she is a fixed-share partner. She specialises in property development and local authority-related work and has worked on PFI transactions. Avis has been at Rowe […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna’s financial results are expected to show an increase of 20 per cent on last year’s turnover. Preliminary figures are showing a turnover of more than £160m compared to £136m in 1999/2000. This increase would represent the largest year-on-year increase since 1997’s merger, exceeding the annual target by 7 per cent. The firm […]

In-house bar litigation rights reviewed

Thousands of employed barristers in companies may soon have their powers considerably extended to that of lead litigators under proposals under inspection by the Lord Chancellor. At present, in-house barristers are restricted to working on cases until the point that court action arises, when work is done by in-house solicitors or outsourced. The Bar Council […]

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