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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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Herbies, Gleiss and Stibbe ditch merger plans

Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe have drawn a line through all merger plans, resolving to continue as independent firms, but retain ties. Management of the three firms, which have held a tripartite alliance since 2002, have held several meetings since the summer to come up with a road map for moving their relationship forward. […]

Cotty Vivant hire sparks Singapore launch

French independent firm Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has launched an office in Singapore, scooping partner Philippe Taverne from DS Avocats. Taverne will head Cotty Vivant’s five-lawyer office in Singapore, becoming the firm’s tenth partner. He was head of the Singapore branch of DS Avocats from 2003 and before that was an associate at Gide […]

Scottish in-housers slam Govt complaints levy plan

In-house lawyers across Scotland have hit out at the Scottish government’s intention to forge ahead with a flat-rate levy to fund the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC). In-house lawyers across Scotland have hit out at the Scottish government’s intention to forge ahead with a flat-rate levy to fund the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC). The […]

New music partner for Davenport

Media lawyer Nigel Davies has joined West End media law firm Davenport Lyons as a partner in its music department. Davies was previously with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis and specialises in the digital issues of music. “There’s no doubt that Davenport Lyons is a leading corporate and rights practice and I’m very pleased […]

Shearman & Sterling

UK 200 Position: 5 UK 200 Position: 5 UK/global turnover: £62.5m/£457.61m Global PEP: £804,000 UK/global RPL: £534,000/£549,000 It was a disappointing year for Shearman & Sterling, which reported stagnant revenue figures both globally and in London. Global PEP for the firm’s 196 equity partners performed far better, up by almost 14 per cent to £804,000 […]

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