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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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Clarks hires SITA legal chief

Thames Valley firm Clarks has hired the legal director of waste management company SITA to boost its environmental and waste management team. Libby Cooper joins the firm as environmental consultant after 20 years working in the waste management industry. Simon Thorne, head of the Clarks team, said: “Our objective is to build one of the […]

Hill Dickinson wins Clyde & Co partner

Clyde & Co has lost professional indemnity and product liability partner Angela Horne to North West firm Hill Dickinson. Horne was recently involved in a successful House of Lords appeal on behalf of two members of the bar in the case of Medcalf v Mardell. During her time at Clydes she has also represented Dr […]

Immedia Broadcasting initial public offering

McDermott wins Teather & Greenwood McDermott Will & Emery has scooped its first instruction for Teather & Greenwood (T&G) as the City broker gears up for the flotation of former Radio 1 DJ Bruno Brook-es’ company Immedia Broadcasting. The Chicago firm’s London office won the deal after acting for corporate finance boutique Bridge-well earlier this […]

Shearman launches London IP practice

Shearman & Sterling’s London office has added another string to its bow as it expands into intellectual property (IP) through the hire of its first UK specialist. Deborah Lincoln, formerly a partner at Davenport Lyons after spending time as a consultant at Linklaters, is moving to Shearman as a senior associate. It is expected that […]

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