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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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WestLb/British Land

This joint venture with British Land marks a new departure for WestLB in the UK property market. The German bank is used to making loans into property companies, but this is its first experience of taking on equity as well as debt risk. The joint venture was funded by a £265m loan from West LB […]

MARTIN SMITH

Blackstone Chambers Martin Smith joined the clerking fraternity after his A-levels. He joined Blackstone in 1988 as second junior clerk, on the basis that the first junior was soon leaving. Within a year the then senior clerk suffered a vote of no confidence, and Smith pleaded with chambers to be given his chance – he […]

Morgan Lewis boosts global anti-trust team

MORGAN Lewis has strengthened its international anti-trust practice with the recruitment of anti-cartel enforcer Julian Joshua from the European Commission to its Brussels office. Joshua was deputy head of the cartel unit of the competition directorate. He constructed the commission’s techniques for investigating and litigating cartel cases, and acted as lead counsel on its major […]

Rouse & Co opens office in Thailand

Rouse & Co International, is today (16 October) opening an office in Thailand. The intellectual property (IP) experts, affiliated to London law firm Willoughby & Partners, now has a capability in eight countries, including China. The decision to open the new office came in the wake of a two-year period, when the Thai capability was […]

Pillars Property

Pillar Property and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) in joint venture to buy Cannon Bridge offices. Pillar Property advised by Gouldens (Tom Budd, Liz Saxton). TIAA advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Fiona Rice). Senior debt provider Westdeutsche ImmobilienBank advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite (Neil Murray).

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