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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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Signs of the dedication needed to run law firms north of the border reached Tulkinghorn last week when it emerged that Burness’s sprightly chairman Philip Rodney has just hired a personal trainer. “I’m attempting to hold back the years,” claimed Rodney, who added that the trainer was in the habit of doing things to his […]

Shell censured for flouting Nigerian rule of law with ‘gas flaring’

Shell has been accused of ignoring the rule of law in Nigeria, with one of the company’s own former lawyers leading the legal fight. Peter Roderick was a lawyer at Shell between 1985 and 1991 and is now the co-director of the Climate Justice Programme at environmental charity Friends of the Earth. Friends of the […]

Latham bags Germany’s biggest IPO

Latham & Watkins has scooped a lead role on Germany’s largest IPO so far this year, with its first piece of major corporate work for telecoms company Versatel. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom advised Apax as selling shareholder in the €829m (£565.8m) flotation, with Holme Roberts & Owen’s Munich office advising on some German-law […]

Atkin seals lords Construction act first

Atkin Chambers has won the first Construction Act 1996 case to reach the House of Lords with a majority of three to two. The case considered whether provisions that suspend a contractor’s entitlement to payment in the event of insolvency fall foul of the Construction Act. Contractor Melville Dundas went into insolvency after making several […]

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