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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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Blake Lapthorn Linnell scoops PMA role from Manches

Manches has lost its long-standing position as the principal legal advisers to the Property Managers Association (PMA) to regional law firm Blake Lapthorn Linnell. Blake Lapthorn has been appointed to the role following a presentation to the PMA, which represents the interests of the retail sector. Blake Lapthorn’s head of retail Stanley Beckett made the […]

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Lawrence Graham (Roger Benson) advised Telereal, a joint venture between BT and William Pears Group, on the sale of the site of a former BT telephone exchange in Chesham Place, Belgravia, to residential property developers Candy and Candy. SJ Berwin (Bryan Pickup) acted for Candy and Candy. SJ Berwin (Pat Jones) has completed the formation of a […]

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Manby & Steward has hired a new partner for its dispute resolution division. Brian Aikman, a recently-appointed deputy district judge, joins the firm from Birmingham’s Martineau Johnson, where he was a partner in the litigation department. Collyer-Bristow has appointed a new partner to bolster its employment team. Geoffrey Mead arrives from US firm Reed Smith, […]

Serco braves its lawyers’ wrath over online tender

Business support services company Serco has hit back at criticism levelled at its new online tender process, which is being used for the selection of its new group legal panel. The UK company has utilised a similar online format for its review as the controversial system used by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) last year. […]

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