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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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Linklaters creates trust for murdered associate

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DLA Piper equals Philly rivals with salary hike

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has raised it associate salaries in Philadelphia to some of the highest in the city. First year associates will now receive $125,000 a year backdated to 1 January. Each associate level after the fourth year will received a $10,000 increase, taking the basic salary for eleventh year associates to $210,000. […]

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The Government has woken up to the benefits of social enterprises and opened the door for such organisations to play a bigger part in the UK’s public services. Simon Randall reports From the Labour Party Manifesto 2005: “We believe that enterprises in the mutual and cooperative sector have an important role to play in the […]

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The apparent flood of opportunities belies the challenges involved in investing venture capital in Chinese business. But it is getting easier. Steven Robinson reports In early 2005, the Chinese government took an unusual step. It introduced regulations that had a chilling effect on new venture and private equity investments in China. These regulations – to […]

Arthur Cox takes on Dublin legend

Arthur Cox has hired one of the highest-profile corporate lawyers in Dublin as a partner in its corporate group. Until last week, Tom Courtney was an in-house lawyer with the Bank of Ireland Group. However, he is particularly well known as the chairman of Ireland’s statutory Company Law Review Group, which is the body charged […]

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