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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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Financings

Hemingway Properties was advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp on the issue and listing of a further u42.5 million 10.375 per cent first mortgage debenture stock

Judicial review guidelines aim to cut number of challenged court decisions

In-house government law-yer Fred Croft has devised new guidelines for administrators, aimed at reducing the number of decisions challenged in court. Croft, deputy head of litigation, is behind the latest edition of ‘Judge over your shoulder’, a booklet aimed at highlighting the legal framework for decision-making. The guidelines were first published in 1987 but have […]

Property

Anquila Corporation, advised by Norton Rose, has acquired 63/65 Buckingham Gate in London for u38.5m from the freehold vendor Trust Company of Australia, advised by Clifford Chance. Buckingham Gate, Natal Trading and Hawfinch were advised by Linklaters & Paines.

Accident panel gets sole access to fees insurance

NON-MEMBERS of the Law Society’s Accident Line panel of lawyers will effectively be barred from taking on conditional fee cases, it has emerged. Vital insurance cover, to be launched by the society when the new regulations have cleared their final parliamentary hurdle, will only be available to Accident Line members taking personal injury cases. New […]

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