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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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Osborne Clarke and Burges Salmon were asked to think quickly and bring a speedy close to the sale of the ‘fairytale’ Tyntesfield Estate to the National Trust The sale of the Grade 1-listed mansion, most of its contents and 539 acres of land – including parkland, cottages and a listed farm – was completed in […]

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When Tulkinghorn sent young scribe Brendan Malkin up to York recently, little did either imagine it would turn into a struggle for survival. Somewhat ambitiously, Malkin planned to catch the last train home to London after dinner with the Northern Insolvency Lawyers Association, hosted by president Mark Phillips QC of 3-4 South Square. But those […]

Walkers sets up office in BVI following Barkers buy

Cayman Islands firm Walkers has launched an office in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) after taking over the territory’s corporate and international finance firm Barkers Partner Simon Pascoe will relocate from the Caymans to head the office. He will be joined by four partners and four assistants from Barkers, with additional support from Walkers’ Cayman […]

Shock departure of chief exec sparks shake-up at Radcliffes

Westminster firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur is to review its management structure after the sudden departure of chief executive Vincent Denham last week Senior partner Robert Vallings confirmed that there would be a vote in September. In the meantime he will manage the firm.The split comes less than two years after Radcliffes overhauled its management structure and introduced […]

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