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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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The Chancellor’s Budget held few surprises, retaining its central plank of continued austerity The Budget delivered by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne contained no real surprises as the Coalition reaffirmed its commitment to debt reduction as its key priority. In terms of specific measures, this was essentially a ‘fiscally neutral’ Budget, with giveaways paid […]

Osborne Clarke turns east

Osborne Clarke (OC) has always been one for outgrowing itself. In the 1980s it realised it needed to look outside the West Country. In 1997 it figured it needed to be in Europe and launched the OC Alliance. And in 2000 it opened in Silicon Valley, launching in Germany a year later. Now, after a […]

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Class actions go Dutch

After the US barred certain mass securities cases, the Netherlands’ liberal attitude to jurisdiction is making it the hot destination for claims, says Joanne Harris Over the years the US has become a world capital for class action litigation, with a whole sub-sector of the legal market relying on mass claims for their livelihood. But […]

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Chinese lawyers required to swear allegiance to the Communist Party

Chinese lawyers have to take an oath of allegiance to the Communist Party under a new measure introduced by the country’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The MoJ has issued a new measure requiring newly qualified lawyers or lawyers renewing their practising certificates to swear allegiance to the Communist Party of China (CPC) within three months […]

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New York Bar bans lawyers from working in firms owned by non-lawyers

The New York Bar has banned lawyers in the state from becoming an employee of a firm in which non-lawyers hold a stake, effectively preventing UK firms with New York bases from seeking external investment. The ruling by New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), issued yesterday, applies to law firms in other states or outside […]

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