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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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FA brings legal work in-house to slash costs

The Football Association’s (FA) in-house legal team has revamped the way it handles sponsorship contracts, bringing all the work in-house and moving to cut its external legal spend by half. Bird & Bird, which advised on the last round of sponsorship contracts in 2002, has lost out on the lucrative mandate as part of an […]

Browne Jacobson breaks through £30m barrier

Meanwhile, Browne Jacobson’s turnover broke £30m for the first time this year. Meanwhile, Browne Jacobson‘s turnover broke £30m for the first time this year. The firm posted a turnover figure of £30.2m, up 11.5 per cent from last year’s £27.1m. The Birmingham office made a significant contribution to the total figure, with year-on-year growth of […]

Mourants snares Stephen Ball for CEO role

Kroll international general counsel Stephen Ball is joining Mourant de Feu & Jeune as chief executive officer (CEO) in the summer, ending the firm’s nine-month search for its first externally recruited CEO. Ball has held senior roles both in-house and in private practice. Prior to joining Kroll, he was Gibson Dunn & Crutcher‘s UK head […]

Sharpe Pritchard fails in Agassi tax appeal

Sharpe Pritchard has lost the final set of a battle with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) over the amount of tax payable by tennis star Andre Agassi. Partner Trevor Griffiths, instructing Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers’ Patrick Way, defended Agassi against the Government’s House of Lords appeal from a November 2004 Court of Appeal decision, which […]

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