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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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JCHR slams Ken Clarke’s ‘secret justice’ proposals

A report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has condemned the Government’s ‘secret justice’ proposals, claiming they are a “radical departure” from British legal principles. MPs sitting on the JCHR have attacked Justice Secretary Ken Clarke’s Green Paper, which proposes extending the use of closed hearings to civil proceedings and inquests to allow […]

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Tax incentives for charity donations are essential and the chancellor should encourage them  Which Chancellor of the Exchequer said he would encourage wealthy people to give more to charity? Which said: “Do the right thing for a charity and the Government will do the right thing by you.” George Osborne, in his 2011 Budget […]

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2Birds, Simmons and RPC benefit as seven partners quit Clydes in Hong Kong

Clyde & Co has been hit for seven Hong Kong partners, with RPC announcing an office opening on the back of a four-partner team appointment. RPC is set to launch after tapping up four legacy Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) partners from the firm, while a further three partners are leaving to join Bird & […]

Cooley, Gunderson and Hogan advise on Zynga’s Draw Something purchase

Two specialist technology firms lined up alongside Hogan Lovells on the acquisition by Zynga of the maker of Draw Something, an app that allows users to play a Pictionary-style game on their smartphones. The much-discussed $200m (£125m) deal, announced last month, saw the acquisitive social network game developer take control of OMGPOP, which launched the […]

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