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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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Property tycoon Nicholas van Hoogstraten is being sued by his former law firm Minaides Robson which is claiming more than £400,000 in unpaid fees. The firm is claiming £409,076.77 from van Hoogstraten, the majority of which relates to advice on the landlord’s defence against a case brought by the family of Mohammed Raja. van Hoogstraten […]

Hearken the hacks

Why lawyers and their clients would benefit from working with journalists – especially in a crisis. By Magnus Carter In the old days of Fleet Street, lawyers and journalists spent a lot of time together, both at work and play. During the day they rubbed shoulders at the Royal Courts of Justice, and in the […]

Taking the fight to the Nigerian courts

In a case already tainted by corruption, Peters & Peters’ Keith Oliver prepares to do battle for client Banco Noroeste Keith Oliver, partner at the commercial and criminal fraud law firm Peters & Peters, says he enjoys pushing the boundaries of possibility in litigation. He claims to be doing precisely that in his latest venture: […]

Former Nomura general counsel lands at The Varkey Group

Nomura International’s former European general counsel has resurfaced at Dubai-based private education company The Varkey Group. David Mee, who left the Japanese investment bank in early 2003, will join the company as group general counsel in July. Mee quit Nomura after ten years following a shake-up of the bank’s legal department, resulting in the transactional […]

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Abney Garsden McDonald

Heading the largest department of the specialist child abuse compensation law firm in the UK can take its toll. “The nature of the work can be very upsetting,” admits Peter Garsden, managing partner of Abney Garsden McDonald. And he should know. Garsden and his firm have a national reputation for expertise in a sector where […]

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