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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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Kirkpatrick-Salans merger talks collapse

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has signalled the extent of its global ambitions by making a merger bid for Salans, but four months of discussions collapsed in August. Kirkpatrick is now seeking new opportunities in Continental Europe, Asia and the US West Coast. Peter Kalis, the chairman and managing partner of Kirkpatrick, said his firm […]

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The completion of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre is eagerly awaited and will put an end to a lacking regional court infrastructure. By Lesley Anderson QC There seems to be no end to the reconstruction and regeneration of Manchester that followed the IRA bombing in June 1996. Visitors cannot fail to admire the audacity of […]

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Squire Sanders & Dempsey today announced its new managing partner of the firm’s London office will be a partner gained from the recent Haarmann Hemmelrath merger. Andrew Visintin, who along with his Haarman colleagues joined the Ohio-headquartered firm in February, will lead more than 30 lawyers in the London office. There was no leadership vote. […]

Vinson launches in Hong Kong

Vinson & Elkins has announced the opening a Hong Kong office, making it the fourth international office the firm has opened in the past three years. The firm already has over 20 lawyers in its Asian offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. Its Hong Kong office will be headed by Vinson & Elkins partner Jay […]

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