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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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The Americans in Paris, Frankfurt, Rome…

Most US firms have used London as a gateway to Europe. The city’s status as Europe’s leading finance centre, coupled with the prevalence of English law in international transactions, has helped the UK become the staging post for a broader US invasion of Europe. There are dozens of US firms with a presence in London […]

Cabinet expected to shelve LLP Bill

City lawyers fear the Government is planning to ditch the long-awaited Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Bill this week, prompting fears of a further partner exodus to “protected” US firms. The Cabinet Committee is expected to decide this week which bills will make it into the crowded Parliamentary legislative programme. Sources say the LLP Bill could […]

DJ Freeman takes on DAC partner

DJ Freeman has appointed Ambereen Salamat as a new partner in its insurance department. Salamat was one of the partners made redundant from the corporate team of Davies Arnold Cooper’s London office in February, along with four other partners and nine assistants. DAC is making about 90 staff redundant this year and has closed down […]

Eagle Star slims legal panel

Eagle Star’s legal panel is on tenterhooks as the insurance giant has begun to scale it down by knocking firms out before the re-tendering process. This is the first move Eagle Star has made towards streamlining its panel after the company shut down its in-house legal department four months ago. According to several sources, Eagle […]

Jimi Hendrix's father seeks lost royalties

Roger Pearson reports on a music industry dispute over the singer’s royalty rights for six albums that has endured for three decades. A high-profile music industry battle is looming in the High Court over the royalty rights to six albums by the late Jimi Hendrix. The battle has been launched by Experience Hendrix LLC, a […]

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