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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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Seddon returns to DLA as Edinburgh head

DLA has re-hired former Birmingham managing partner Nick Seddon from computer games developer Kaboom Studios to head up the firm’s Edinburgh office. Seddon replaces Michael Collins, who is taking over as office managing partner in Glasgow. Collins in turn replaces Gordon Hollerin who will return to fee-earning work. DLA is still aiming to further grow […]

Herbert Smith asks Lightman J for £2.5m costs in SMG case

Herbert Smith is about to submit a whopping £2.5m costs application to Mr Justice Lightman for work for the Scottish Media Group (SMG) in its recent action against Chris Evans. Judge Lightman recently slammed lawyers for making litigation so expensive. Herbert Smith’s bill is almost twice that of Evans’ solicitors Harbottle & Lewis. SMG’s leading […]

First biotech IPO this year advised by Dechert

Dechert has advised on the first biotech IPO to get away in the UK this year. London partner David Vogel (left) led the team that advised Yesterday BioProgress on its admission to AIM. The company’s subsidiary BioProgress Technology International was previously listed on the US Over the Counter Bulletin Board but, as part of the […]

Legal head departs Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless’ global head of legal Dan Fitz is the latest victim of the ongoing management shake-up at the organisation. Fitz will be replaced by Reuters deputy general counsel Andrew Garard, who starts on 2 July. Fitz is staying on for a short period to ensure a smooth handover and it is thought that […]

Another one bites the dust

With the failure of yet another group action – this time the army veterans’ claim against the MoD – the costs argument is overshadowing the real issues. Are defendants being given an easy way out? Jon Robins reports The three Ds – disappointed, dismayed and devastated, is how Trevor Ward, senior partner at Manchester firm […]

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