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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 Cassels sets up Middle East outposts

Canadian firm Blake Cassels & Graydon has established two offices in the Middle East. The firm has agreed a ­formal alliance with local Saudi Arabian firm Saudi Al-Amari in Al-Khobar as well as launching in Bahrain. Both offices will open their doors in autumn this year. Dan Fournier, a partner in the firm’s energy and […]

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The dust may be beginning to settle ­following the shocks to the banking ­system over the past 18 months or so, but the appetite for analysis shows no sign of abating. The latest addition is Sir David Walker’s report ‘A Review of Corporate Governance in UK Banks and Other Financial Industry Entities’, published on 16 […]

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A raft of changes are hitting the insurance market, but what do they all mean for law firms? Dan Cutts explains. The Legal Services Act, The Ministry of Justice Claims Reforms and Lord Justice Jackson’s review of civil litigation costs all started life at different times but, like buses, they will all arrive roughly together […]

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What the world needs now is more management consultants. That’s what Addleshaws’ Mark Jones thinks, anyway. Jones – now chairman and formerly managing partner at the national firm – has come up with a novel way of integrating himself back into private practice. With more than 15 years at the helm, he’s not likely to […]

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