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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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Clarks hires SITA legal chief

Thames Valley firm Clarks has hired the legal director of waste management company SITA to boost its environmental and waste management team. Libby Cooper joins the firm as environmental consultant after 20 years working in the waste management industry. Simon Thorne, head of the Clarks team, said: “Our objective is to build one of the […]

Firm profile: Fox Hayes

Unlike the city’s football team, Leeds’ Fox Hayes is on the up. The management at Elland Road could do with some of managing partner Philip Drazen’s dynamism. “We’re a very progressive practice,” says the 41-year-old former commodities trader. “We have a good business and now we’re ready to do other things. We’re aiming to make […]

Ofcom’s general counsel role ditched in legal team overhaul

The new broadcasting and communications regulator Ofcom has dispensed with the general counsel function after finally agreeing on the makeup of its legal team. Back in July, Ofcom offered jobs in the office of the general counsel to senior figures within the existing regulators (the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the Independent Television Commission, Oftel, the Radio Authority and […]

Young ousts Walker from Lovells senior partner post

Lovells is set to usher in a new era of management after partners elected “wild-card” candidate John Young to replace long-time senior partner Andrew Walker. Young, Lovells’ head of corporate insurance, emerged as the surprise winner on Saturday (15 November) after beating Walker and joint head of corporate Hugh Nineham. Litigator Walker has held the […]

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