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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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Cardiff

Hugh James adds three to partnership

Cardiff-headquartered Hugh James has added three lawyers to the partnership in its latest round of promotions. It is a reduced round on 2012 when five were promoted by the firm. The three new partners are insurance and corporate risk specialist Stephanie Eedy; clinical negligence specialist Grainne Barton and Gareth Wisdom, who heads the firm’s wills […]

Future of Financial Advice regime in Australia

The latest development around the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) regime is the release of further draft regulations whereby the Treasury proposes to tighten the application of the conflicted remuneration grandfathering rules. Conflicted remuneration is, broadly speaking, any payment given to a financial adviser, who provides financial product advice to retail clients, who could reasonably […]

London

Exclusive: Henderson in-house team shrinks amid shift to using law firms more

Henderson Global Investors’ UK in-house legal team has shrunk by nearly 30 per cent in the past year following a shift to farming out more of its lower-level work to law firms. The investment manager’s legal department has decreased in size from 11 lawyers a year ago to eight currently, including general counsel Jacqui Irvine […]

Big Becks at Withers and Speechly?

Some deals make all the difference. Take football star David Beckham, who fast-tracked to celebrity with a series of lucrative partnership deals that transformed him into the chiseled jaw that sells pretty much everything. Despite calling time on his 20-year footy career, Becks’ million-dollar beard will continue to sell fizzy drinks and underpants from here […]

Electronic services at the Saudi Arabian trademarks office

On 6 April 2013 (26/5/1434 H), the Saudi Arabian trademarks office issued a circular stating that it will no longer receive trademark applications in hard copy and that it will only receive new applications electronically. It is to be noted that despite the fact the new trademark applications must be filed electronically, the Saudi Arabian […]

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