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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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CC unveils appraisal programme

Clifford Chance is rolling out its partner appraisal programme, marking the first time in its history that the firm has put a formal assessment process in place. The move, voted through last year, means that all partners will now be assessed at a local level, ie within their own practice areas by their peers. The […]

Watson Farley NY makes second Shearman lateral

Watson Farley & Williams’ New York office has raided Shearman & Sterling for a new partner for the second time in 12 months. Stephen Millman, a senior partner specialising in tax and leasing, will move to Watson Farley’s New York office on Monday (24 May). On joining he will be reunited with his former Shearman […]

College of Law and LSC to create Legal Aid LPC

The College of Law and the Legal Services Commission (LSC) have teamed up to create the first legal aid orientated LPC.Called the ‘public legal services pathway’, the new LPC will be available from 2005 at the college and also Cardiff Law School. The course will offer two new modules, advanced criminal litigation and housing (subject […]

3/4 South Square barrister joins St Philips

Birmingham chambers St Philips has scooped a senior barrister from premier insolvency set 3/4 South Square. Bristoll is making the leap after 14 years at 3/4 South Square, although she will retain an associate membership post there. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 12 May

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