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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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Bar Council vows legal aid action

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DLA Piper reinforces Shanghai with US M&A partner

DLA Piper has assigned its Seattle-based corporate, securities and M&A partner Jeff Greene to its Shanghai office to meet the increased demand for M&A work in the nation. Greene, who is the fourth partner in the firm’s Shanghai office, is also to drive forward the firm’s China practice. Shanghai managing partner Roy Chan said: “This […]

Companies Act ushers in derivatives actions

A raft of legislation has come into force today (1 October) from the age increase for buying cigarettes from 16 to 18 years-old to the introduction of the Companies Act 2006. The latter is expected to have a major affect on the City. The Companies Act will allow for wider accountability of company directors with […]

XXIV Old Buildings snares Geneva head from 2 Temple Gardens

XXIV Old Buildings has ramped up its international offering with the hire of 2 Temple Gardens barrister Ian Meakin as its Geneva office head. Commercial chancery set XXIV Old Buildings has ramped up its international offering with the hire of 2 Temple Gardens barrister Ian Meakin as its Geneva office head. Meakin, who was called […]

Pannone swoops for Watson Burton banking head

Manchester-based Pannone has raided the Leeds office of Watson Burton, poaching its banking head Andrew Gosnay. Gosnay, who launched Watson Burton’s Leeds office in 2004, leaves after senior partner Andrew Hoyle was ousted by the firm last year following opposition to his expansion plans. Earlier this year (26 June) The Lawyer reported on Watson Burton’s […]

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