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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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EY bucks market trends

Ernst & Young In sharp contrast to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Landwell, Ernst & Young (EY) chose to strengthen its ties with its legal network. In June, Ernst & Young Law Alliance rebranded itself as EY Law following a lengthy strategic review. The new network, comprising more than 40 legal practices around the world, will focus […]

Baker & McKenzie boosts Brussels with PwC hire

The tax arm of accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers has suffered a blow with the exit of Brussels partner Philippe Lion to Baker & McKenzie. It is understood that the regulatory climate post Sarbanes-Oxley was a factor in Lion’s decision to leave the accounting firm. Commenting on his departure, the former PwC tax director said: “Auditors independence […]

CC withholds partners’ profit share as overheads escalate

Clifford Chance partners could be facing a leaner Christmas as the firm debates whether to pay or delay on two chunks of profits before the year-end. Clifford Chance has held back its October income distribution, the second time this financial year it has stopped a quarterly profit payment after The Lawyer revealed that the July […]

Kafkaesque court

Exactly why Southwark Crown Court has telephones and staff manning them remains shrouded in a mysterious fog, through which Tulkinghorn cannot penetrate. The sterling efforts by one deadline-facing reporter from The Lawyer last week to get hold of an order by Judge Peter Fingret, which reversed his earlier ban on press coverage of a Serious […]

ICC slams US Alien Tort Statute

THE INTERNATIONAL Chamber of Commerce (ICC) wants the European Commission to call for changes to the US’s 1789 Alien Tort Statute, which allows non-US companies to be sued in US courts for alleged human rights, labour and environmental offences committed in third countries. The ICC is particularly worried about liability claims brought in US courts “against a […]

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