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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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US consortium wins UK e-borders deal

The in-house team at US defence company Raytheon has negotiated and signed a £650m contract with the Home Office to manage its e-borders project. US defence company Raytheon has signed a £650m contract with the Home Office to manage its e-borders project, mainly using its own in-house team for legal advice despite the size and […]

Revealed: 25 per cent of barristers want partnerships

Almost a quarter of barristers want to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar. Almost a quarter of barristers would like to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar, new research by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has revealed. The BSB’s first major research project since its formation in […]

Intl Cricket Council secures Collyer-Bristow sports chief

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has hired the former head of Collyer-Bristow’s sports practice to head its commercial legal department. David Becker was a partner at Collyer-Bristow for more than four years before his move to the ICC’s Dubai headquarters last week. He joins as senior counsel in charge of media and commercial deals, reporting […]

Government turns to Burges Salmon for carbon trading scheme

Burges Salmon has landed a role advising the Government on its carbon offsetting policy for Government official and ministerial air travel. The firm advised the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the drafting and negotiation of a scheme designed to reduce the impact of carbon emissions. The Government will buy emissions from […]

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