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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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Moving jobs can be so traumatic. It’s impossible to tell how a law firm will react on finding out that a lawyer is going to a rival. For instance, one particular lawyer at a magic circle firm caught the sharp end of his practice leader’s tongue when he told him he was leaving for a […]

Bryan Cave searches for UK merger partner

After electing a new chairman, US firm Bryan Cave has set its sights on securing a UK merger partner.Bryan Cave, a national firm, is seeking a full-service City practice with European offices. The firm has elected St Louis-based partner and vice-chairman Don Lents to succeed Walter Metcalfe as chairman. Lents has a year-long transition period […]

Malaysia and Korea pledge to open their legal markets

The Malaysian and South Korean governments have told the UK that they want to open up their legal markets to international law firms. Currently, foreign firms are not allowed to open offices in Malaysia or Korea, but following visits from David Lammy MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the Department of Constitutional Affairs, this could change. […]

Brabners managing partner to chair Eurolegal

Brabners Chaffe Street managing partner Michael Brabner has been appointed as the new chairman of Eurolegal, the European network of independent law firms. Eurolegal comprises 21 member firms in 16 countries. Brabners was a founding member of Eurolegal when the network was set up in 1990.

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