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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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Government rejects plans to increase temp's rights

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are up in arms about a proposed European directive that would give significantly greater rights to temporary workers

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On the subject of food-based treats, if Clifford Chance thinks it has finally stamped out lawyers taking liberties with its catering budget, it has another thing coming.Tulkinghorn understands that certain advisers visiting Clifford Chance’s office in connection with the Marconi restructuring came over all funny at the breadth of the firm’s in-house menu. And because […]

German firm Knauthe merges

In a surprise move, Karlheinz Knauthe has relinquished his position as sole name partner at Knauthe to join forces with former Eggers name partner Carsten Eggers. The new firm, which came into effect on 1 September, is called Knauthe Eggers. Berlin firm Eggers merged with the German arm of Tite & Lewis, Menold & Aulinger, […]

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