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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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Freshfields’ Giles Clifford and Zoe Lowe from Ewart Price were the fastest male and female solicitors respectively in the 137-strong Wilde Sapte City of London Road Race last week. Money raised will go to the Helen Clelland Appeal. The pair were the first male and female solicitors across the line in the three and a […]

Smaller companies get a look in

The Developing Companies Market (DCM) was launched in Ireland at the beginning of this year by the Irish Stock Exchange. Comparable to the alternative Investment market (AIM) in the UK, the DCM offers small-to-medium-sized companies the opportunity to obtain public quotations for their shares. The DCM follows in the footsteps of the AIM, which was […]

Expert sails forth

Experienced shipping specialist Charles Allen has left Clifford Chance to join the office of rival firm Simmons & Simmons in Hong Kong. Allen, who leaves Clifford Chance as an assistant after 16 years with the firm, has practised in most areas of contentious shipping, marine insurance and international trade. He leaves Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong […]

Morris seizes CPS initiative

The Attorney General, John Morris QC, has taken the highly unusual step of writing directly to CPS staff to explain his reform plans for the service. The letter signals the Government’s determination to adopt a hands-on approach to the running of the service. Morris praises the Director of Public Prosecutions, Dame Barbara Mills QC, in […]

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