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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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DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has poached a five partner banking and finance team from Germany’s Luther Menold as it continues its international expansion. The team includes at least ten associates and will transfer to the three German offices of DLA Piper Germany in Cologne, Frankfurt and Hamburg. The four partners joining DLA Piper include […]

Freshfields conflict hands Links £702m CAT deal

Linklaters has scooped the lead advisory role on British pharmaceutical giant Astra Zeneca’s £702m offer for Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was conflicted out of the deal. Astra Zeneca instructed Linklaters instead of regular counsel Freshfields because the latter firm acted for Abbott Laboratories in its dispute, last year, with CAT over […]

Bryan Cave chief steps down to resume fee-earning role

The London managing partner of US firm Bryan Cave has stepped down after six years. Corporate partner Charles Attlee has returned to a full-time fee-earning role at the firm, while fellow corporate partner Anthony Fiducia has assumed the lead role in London. Fiducia, formerly a partner at Davenport Lyons, is particularly known for corporate deals […]

Manzoor hits Law Soc with £250,000 fine for shoddy complaints handling

The Law Society has been landed a £250,000 penalty by the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner Zahida Manzoor after she found its complaints handling plan inadequate. The fine penalises the Law Society for failures in its complaints handling plan for the current financial year, to March 2007. Manzoor said that the society has failed to include […]

Freshfields advises Xstrata on $18.1bn hostile takeover

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped a mandate to advise longstanding client Xstrata on its US$18.1bn hostile bid for Falconbridge. Xstrata’s bid, which was announced earlier today (17 May), rivals the previous takeover bid by Falconbridge’s rival Inco. The magic circle firm advised Xstrata, on the Swiss mining group’s original purchase of a 20 per cent […]

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